Quay Family History

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Quay Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of McKay. French: topographic name for someone who lived in a house on a quayside, from Old French quai ‘quay’.

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

Similar surnames: Bay, Quarry, Quan, Way, Bury, Guay, Quade, Quin, Day, Jury

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Quay Family Origin

Where is the Quay family from?

Quay Family Occupations

What did your Quay ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Quay family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Quay. The most common Quay occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Quay's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith


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

Quay Historical Records

What Quay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Quay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Quay 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Quay. 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 Quay. For the veterans among your Quay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Quay Life Expectancy

What is the average Quay lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Quay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Quay in 1953 was 42, and 89 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Quay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Quay 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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