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Northey Name Meaning

English (Cornwall and Devon): habitational name from Northay in Hawkchurch Devon. The placename derives from Middle English north ‘north northern’ + heie ‘fence enclosure hedge’ (Old English north (ge)hæg). English: habitational name perhaps occasionally from a lost place called Northeye in Bexhill Sussex or from Northey Wood in Ugley Essex. The Sussex placename derives from Middle English north ‘north northern’ + ei ‘island’ (Old English north ēg) while the Essex placename has the same etymology as Northay in Hawkchurch (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Northam, Worthy, Wortley, Northup, Notley, Worthen, Northway, North

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You can see how Northey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Northey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Northey families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Northey families living in Massachusetts. This was about 50% of all the recorded Northey's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Northey families in 1840.
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What did your Northey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Northey. 16% of Northey men worked as a Farmer and 26% of Northey women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Northey were Farm Laborer and Bookkeeper. .

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    26%
  • Housewife
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
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What is the average Northey lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Northey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Northey in 1945 was 28, and 75 in 2004.

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