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Espey Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of Espy. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a stretch of water or marsh edged by aspen trees, from Middle High German, Middle Low German espe ‘aspen’ + -ey, a suffix denoting the presence of water.

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


Similar surnames: Espe, Esper, Espy, Esser, Esler, Aspen, Eavey, Askey, Vessey, Ekey

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Where is the Espey family from?

You can see how Espey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Espey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Espey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Espey families living in Ohio. This was about 29% of all the recorded Espey's in USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Espey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Espey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Espey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Espey. 20% of Espey men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Espey women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Espey were Farming and Saleslady. .

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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

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    25%
  • Housewife
    14%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Saleslady
    9%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Espey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Espey 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 402 immigration records available for the last name Espey. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Espey. For the veterans among your Espey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Espey lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Espey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Espey in 1950 was 55, and 77 in 2004.

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