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Toy Name Meaning

English: nickname for a light-hearted or frivolous person from Middle English toy(e) toi(e) ‘trifling thing; play sport’; or from Old French toie ‘sheath’ (from Latin theca) perhaps for a sheath maker. English: perhaps from the Middle English personal name Toye of obscure origin. English: habitational name from a lost or unidentified placename of uncertain etymology most probably in eastern Yorkshire. Turkish: ornamental name or nickname from the bird's name toy ‘great bustard’ or from its homonyms meaning ‘banquet’ and ‘amateur’. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 蔡 based on its pronunciation of the Siyi Cantonese subdialect (also known as Sze Yup or Four Districts dialect including Taishanese) spoken in southern Guangdong see Cai

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Goy, Joy, Troy, Hoy, Loy, Foy, Roy, Coy, Toye, Moy

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Where is the Toy family from?

You can see how Toy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Toy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Toy families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 28 Toy families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 50% of all the recorded Toy's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Toy families in 1840.
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What did your Toy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Toy. 15% of Toy men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Toy women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Toy were Waiter and Maid. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Cook
  • Waiter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
  • Maid
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There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Toy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Toy 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Toy. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Toy. For the veterans among your Toy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Toy lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Toy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Toy in 1953 was 52, and 76 in 2004.

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