Nay Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McNay. English: variant of Nye. French: habitational name from places so called in Manche and Pyrénées Atlantiques, possibly named with Latin Nadium, from a Gaulish personal name, Nadius. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a tailor or embroiderer, from a derivative of naaien ‘to sew’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Yiddish equivalent of German Neu.

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


Similar surnames: May, Ney, Hay, Kay, Say, Ray, Lay, Nau, Pay, Gay

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Nay Family Origin

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Nay Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Nay family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nay. The most common Nay occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Nay's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    50%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Nay Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Nay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Nay in 1942 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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