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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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Where is the Lye family from?

You can see how Lye families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lye family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lye families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Lye families living in Massachusetts. This was about 44% of all the recorded Lye's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Lye families in 1840.
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What did your Lye ancestors do for a living?

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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*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
  • Salesman
  • Lawyer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
  • Cook
  • Housework
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Lye. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Lye. For the veterans among your Lye ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lye lifespan?

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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