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Say Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Sai in Orne or Say in Indre, perhaps so called from a Gaulish personal name Saius + the Latin locative suffix -acum. English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of say, a kind of finely textured cloth, Middle English say (from Old French saie, Latin saga, plural of sagum ‘military cloak’). In some instances the surname may have arisen from a nickname for an habitual wearer of clothes made of this material. Southern French: topographic name from saix ‘rock’ (Latin saxum), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example, Say in Loire, Saix in Tarn and Vienne, Le Saix in Hautes-Alpes, or Les Saix in Isère.

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


Similar surnames: Hay, May, Gay, Ray, Pay, Kay, Fay, Bay, Nay, Way

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Where is the Say family from?

You can see how Say families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Say family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Say families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Say families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 32% of all the recorded Say's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Say families in 1840.
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What did your Say ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Say. 19% of Say men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Say women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Say were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    19%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    14%
  • Maid
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Say. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Say census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Say. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Say. For the veterans among your Say ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Say lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Say life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Say in 1960 was 61, and 65 in 2004.

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