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Vahey Family History

Vahey Name Meaning

Irish (Mayo): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac M(h)ic an Bheathadh, a patronymic from Mac an Bheathadh, from a personal name meaning ‘son of life’.

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


Similar surnames: Fahey, Dacey, Maxey, Keahey, Haney, Trahey, Adey, Vales, Vacek, Tacey

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Where is the Vahey family from?

You can see how Vahey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vahey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Vahey families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 29 Vahey families living in Massachusetts. This was about 29% of all the recorded Vahey's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Vahey families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Vahey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Vahey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vahey. 22% of Vahey men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Vahey women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vahey were New Worker 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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Proprietor
    8%
  • New Worker
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    16%
  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Vahey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vahey 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 893 immigration records available for the last name Vahey. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Vahey. For the veterans among your Vahey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vahey lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Vahey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Vahey in 1958 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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