Lye Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow, pasture, or patch of arable land, Middle English l(e)ye (late Old English leage, dative of leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’); or a habitational name from Lye in Herefordshire (with the same etymology). French: habitational name from Lye in Indre. French (Lyé): habitational name from places called Lié in Deux-Sèvres and Vendée. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in Rogaland named Lye, Old Norse Lýgi meaning ‘alliance’, ‘covenant’, used to denote a place sanctified by such an agreement, such as a court or council meeting place.

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


Similar surnames: Lee, Rye, Bye, Lyle, Lyde, Tye, Lier, Nye, Pye, Eye

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Lye Family Origin

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Lye Family Occupations

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In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lye. 24% of Lye men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Lye women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lye were Miner and Housework

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    24%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Lawyer
    6%
  • Miner
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Waitress
    12%
  • Cook
    12%
  • Housework
    12%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Lye Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Lye Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Lye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Lye in 1957 was 52, and 80 in 2004.

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