Kays Family History

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Kays Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Kay.

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

Similar surnames: Kayes, Kay, Kaye, Mays, Bays, Days, Keays, Keys, Kats, Hays

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Kays Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kays name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Kays. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Kays Family Origin

Where is the Kays family from?

Kays Family Occupations

What did your Kays ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Kays family was Keeping House. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kays. The most common Kays occupation in the USA was Farmer. 45% of Kays's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Kays ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Kays Historical Records

What Kays family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Kays. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kays census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Kays. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Kays. For the veterans among your Kays ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kays Life Expectancy

What is the average Kays lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Kays life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Kays in 1957 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kays

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kays ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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