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Sovey Family History

Sovey Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Possibly an Anglicized or Americanized spelling of French Sauvé (see Sauve) or a Slavic name meaning ‘owl’ (see Sova).

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

Similar surnames: Dovey, Hovey, Novey, Eavey, Slowey, Coley, Bovey, Ivey, Suver, Shover

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Where is the Sovey family from?

You can see how Sovey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sovey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sovey families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Sovey families living in New Jersey. This was about 86% of all the recorded Sovey's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Sovey families in 1840.
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What did your Sovey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the US named Sovey. 62% of Sovey men worked as a Laborer.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Trucker
  • Truck Driver
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Sovey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sovey 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 278 immigration records available for the last name Sovey. 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 376 military records available for the last name Sovey. For the veterans among your Sovey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sovey lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Sovey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Sovey in 1963 was 77, and 83 in 2004.

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