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Keays Name Meaning

Manx and Irish: variant of Keys .

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


Similar surnames: Keay, Kays, Keys, Keats, Kay, Key, Beas, Beans, Neals, Reay

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Where is the Keays family from?

You can see how Keays families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Keays family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Keays families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 2 Keays families living in Maine. This was about 67% of all the recorded Keays's in USA. Maine had the highest population of Keays families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Keays surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Keays ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Keays. 40% of Keays men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Keays women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Keays were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
    40%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    60%
  • Housewife
    40%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Keays. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keays 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 977 immigration records available for the last name Keays. 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 731 military records available for the last name Keays. For the veterans among your Keays ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Keays lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Keays life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Keays in 1962 was 70, and 79 in 2003.

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