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Lay Name Meaning

English: variant of Lee . Scottish: shortened form of McClay . German: habitational name from any of the places so named in the Rhineland near Koblenz and in Bavaria from lay(h) a word meaning ‘stone rock slate’. French: habitational name from any of several places so named in Loire Meurthe-et-Moselle and Pyrénées-Atlantique. Burmese: from a name element originally forming part of a compound personal name denoting the younger sibling. — Note: Since Burmese do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 雷 see Lei 7: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 賴 see Lai 8: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 李 and 黎 see Li 1 and

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Lay family from?

You can see how Lay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 54 Lay families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Lay's in USA. New York had the highest population of Lay families in 1840.
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What did your Lay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lay. 21% of Lay men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Lay women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lay were Miner 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Lay. 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 28,000 military records available for the last name Lay. For the veterans among your Lay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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