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 Family Origin

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Clay Family Occupations

What did your Clay ancestors do for a living?

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.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    4%

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.

Source: Census data for Clay | Data not to scale

Clay Historical Records

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Clay Life Expectancy

What is the average Clay lifespan?

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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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clay

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