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Reavey Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riabhaigh ‘descendant of Riabhach’, a byname meaning ‘brindled’, ‘grizzled’. Possibly an altered spelling of German Riewe.

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


Similar surnames: Heavey, Eavey, Leavey, Heaven, Rarey, Heaney, Keaveny, Reever, Cavey

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Where is the Reavey family from?

You can see how Reavey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Reavey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Reavey families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Reavey family living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Reavey's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Reavey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Reavey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Reavey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Reavey. 35% of Reavey men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Reavey women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Reavey were Clerk and Nurse.

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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
    35%
  • Machinist
    22%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    22%
  • Clerk
    22%
  • Typist
    15%
  • Nurse
    15%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 652 immigration records available for the last name Reavey. 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 587 military records available for the last name Reavey. For the veterans among your Reavey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Reavey lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2003, in the United States, Reavey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Reavey in 1954 was 33, and 79 in 2003.

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