Clay Family History

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Clay Name Meaning

English: from Old English cl?g ‘clay’, applied as a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of clay soil or as a metonymic occupational name for a worker in a clay pit (see Clayman). Americanized spelling of German Klee.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Clary, Slay, Clare, Cap, Way, Clapp, Lay, Bay, Flad, Lau

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Clay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Clay name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Clay. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    46%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    8%

  • Benin/Togo

    6%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

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Clay Family Origin

Where is the Clay family from?

Clay Family Occupations

What did your Clay ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clay. A less common occupation for the Clay family was Keeping House. The most common Clay occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Clay's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Clay ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Clay Historical Records

What Clay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 306,000 census records available for the last name Clay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Clay. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 53,000 military records available for the last name Clay. For the veterans among your Clay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clay Life Expectancy

What is the average Clay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Clay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Clay in 1941 was 36, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clay ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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