Key Name Meaning

English and German: variant of Kay. Irish: reduced form of McKay.

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


Similar surnames: Kay, Ney, Rey, Dey, Vey, Fey, Kee, Ken, Mey, Akey

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Key Family Origin

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Key Family Occupations

What did your Key ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Key family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Key. The most common Key occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Key's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Laborer

    11%
  • Farming

    6%
  • Farm Laborer

    6%

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Key Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Key. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Key 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Key. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Key. For the veterans among your Key ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Key Life Expectancy

What is the average Key lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Key life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Key in 1943 was 30, and 71 in 2004.

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