Lay Name Meaning

English: variant of Lee. Scottish: reduced variant of McClay. French: habitational name from places so named in Loire, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and Pyrénées-Atlantique. German: habitational name from places so named, in the Rhineland near Koblenz and in Bavaria, named with lay(h), a word meaning ‘stone’, ‘rock’, ‘slate’.

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


Similar surnames: Ley, Hay, Nay, Ray, Say, May, Way, Fay, Kay, Pay

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Lay Family Origin

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Lay Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    44%
  • Farming

    7%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%

In 1880, the most common Lay occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Lay's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Lay family was Keeping House. Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lay.

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Lay Historical Records

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Lay Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Lay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lay in 1941 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lay

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