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Guay Family History

Guay Name Meaning

variant spelling of Gay. nickname from Old French guai ‘unfortunate’, ‘ill-starred’.

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

Similar surnames: Gay, Gray, Guzy, Guy, Quay, Dugay, Eury, Bay, Guss, Goy

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Where is the Guay family from?

You can see how Guay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Guay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Guay families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there was 1 Guay family living in Louisiana. This was about 50% of all the recorded Guay's in USA. Louisiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Guay families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Guay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Guay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Guay. 21% of Guay men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Guay women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Guay were Salesman 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
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Seamstress
  • Housekeeper
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What Guay family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Guay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Guay 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Guay. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Guay. For the veterans among your Guay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Guay lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Guay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Guay in 1943 was 30, and 82 in 2004.

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