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Dey Name Meaning

English: variant of Day 1 and 2. German: topographic name from a field name in North Rhine-Westphalia, denoting a sizeable piece of land. Welsh: from Dai or Dei, pet forms of the personal name Dafydd, Welsh form of David. Indian (Bengal and Orissa) and Bangladeshi: Hindu (Kayasth) name, probably from Sanskrit deya ‘suitable for a gift’.

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


Similar surnames: Day, Fey, Hey, Ley, Ney, Deo, Bey, Rey, Dec, Dee

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Where is the Dey family from?

You can see how Dey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Dey families living in New York. This was about 33% of all the recorded Dey's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Dey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dey. 17% of Dey men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Dey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dey were Clerk and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%
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Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Dey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Dey. 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 Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Dey. For the veterans among your Dey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dey in 1940 was 51, and 78 in 2004.

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