Malay Family History

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Malay Name Meaning

French (Walloon): according to Debrabandere, a Walloon variant of Mala(he), a nickname for a difficult, clumsy or maladroit person, from French malaise ‘illness’, ‘sickness’; ‘awkward’, ‘clumsy’.

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

Similar surnames: Malan, Mally, Mclay, Matey, Balay, Maloy, Paley, Maly, Maday, Malik

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Malay Family Origin

Where is the Malay family from?

Malay Family Occupations

What did your Malay ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Malay occupation in the USA was Laborer. 26% of Malay's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Malay family was Carpenter. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Malay.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Malay ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Malay Historical Records

What Malay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Malay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Malay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 854 immigration records available for the last name Malay. 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 Card

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

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Malay Life Expectancy

What is the average Malay lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Malay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Malay in 1958 was 28, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Malay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Malay ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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