Shay Family History

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Shay Name Meaning

Irish: variant spelling of Shea.

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


Similar surnames: Shey, Shan, Sham, Shaw, Chay, Shady, Shad, Hak, Smay, Saye

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Shay Family Origin

Where is the Shay family from?

Shay Family Occupations

What did your Shay ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Shay occupation in the USA was Laborer. 22% of Shay's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Shay family was Carpenter. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shay.

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  • Laborer

    22%
  • Farmer

    19%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Carpenter

    1%

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

Shay Historical Records

What Shay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Shay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Shay

Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Shay. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Shay. For the veterans among your Shay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Shay Life Expectancy

What is the average Shay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Shay in 1941 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Shay 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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