Jay Name Meaning

English and French: nickname from Middle English, Old French jay(e), gai ‘jay’ (the bird), probably referring to an idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for its thieving habits.

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

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Jay Family Origin

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Jay Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    4%

In 1880, the most common Jay occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Jay's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jay. A less common occupation for the Jay family was Farming.

Source: Census data for Jay | Data not to scale

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Jay Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1946 and 2004, Jay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Jay in 1946 was 45, and 72 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Jay

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