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Espy Family History

Espy Name Meaning

Scottish: shortened form of Gillespie. French: southeastern topographic name for someone living near a prominent thorn bush or in an area characterized by such vegetation, from Old French espine (Latin spina). Occasionally the name may derive from the same word used in a transferred sense of the crest or ridge of a hill. Variant spelling of German Espey.

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


Similar surnames: Espey, Espe, Say, Esch, Lesky, Esper, Erny, Eury, Ely, Esse

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Where is the Espy family from?

You can see how Espy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Espy family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Espy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 25 Espy families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 45% of all the recorded Espy's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Espy families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Espy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Espy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Espy. 19% of Espy men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Espy women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Espy were Manager and Housekeeper.

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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
    19%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    22%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Espy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Espy 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 809 immigration records available for the last name Espy. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Espy. For the veterans among your Espy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Espy lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Espy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Espy in 1950 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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