Gay Name Meaning

English and French: nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai. In Middle English the term could also mean ‘wanton’, ‘lascivious’ and this sense may lie behind the surname in some instances. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade. probably from the Catalan personal name Gai (Latin Gaius), or in some cases a nickname from Catalan gay ‘cheerful’. Variant of German Gau. North German: from a Frisian personal name Gay.

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

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Gay Family Origin

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Gay Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gay family was Farming. The most common Gay occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Gay's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gay.

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United States

Between 1943 and 2004, Gay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gay in 1943 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gay

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