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Hays Family History

Hays Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant spelling of Hayes 1–4.

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

Similar surnames: Heys, Hayes, Haws, Haye, Hayn, Hayse, Hams, Ways, Hahs, Hayles

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Where is the Hays family from?

You can see how Hays families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hays family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hays families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 226 Hays families living in Ohio. This was about 14% of all the recorded Hays's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Hays families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hays surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hays ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hays. 21% of Hays men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hays women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hays were Farm Laborer and Maid.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
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Census Records

There are 325,000 census records available for the last name Hays. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hays 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Hays. 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 62,000 military records available for the last name Hays. For the veterans among your Hays ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hays lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hays life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hays in 1941 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

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