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Lady Name Meaning

English: from Middle English lady ‘lady’, ‘female head of a household’, hence a nickname for a woman who was ladylike or the head of a household or for an effeminate man. Polish: variant of Lada. Hungarian (Ládi): habitational name for someone from Lád in Borsod county or Lad in Somogy county.

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


Similar surnames: Mady, Lade, Dady, Ladd, Laday, Lada, Lacy, Lay, Rady, Cady

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Where is the Lady family from?

You can see how Lady families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lady family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lady families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Lady families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Lady's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Lady families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lady surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lady ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lady. 34% of Lady men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Lady women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lady were Labor and Waitress.

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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
    34%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Truck Driver
    9%
  • Labor
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Saleslady
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Waitress
    11%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Lady. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lady 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Lady. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Lady. For the veterans among your Lady ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lady lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Lady life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Lady in 1948 was 45, and 82 in 2004.

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