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Lemay Family History

Lemay Name Meaning

French: habitational name from Lemay in Maine-et-Loire. English: nickname from Middle English may ‘young lad’ or ‘girl’, with the Old French definite article le.

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


Similar surnames: Leray, Demay, Lamay, May, Leaf, Lema, Levay, Leal, Leday, Senay

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Where is the Lemay family from?

You can see how Lemay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lemay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lemay families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 5 Lemay families living in North Carolina. This was about 26% of all the recorded Lemay's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Lemay families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Lemay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Lemay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lemay. 18% of Lemay men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Lemay women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lemay were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Lemay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lemay 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Lemay. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Lemay. For the veterans among your Lemay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lemay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lemay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Lemay in 1941 was 20, and 75 in 2004.

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