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Vey Name Meaning

Irish (eastern Ulster): reduced form of McVey, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bheathadh, a patronymic from the personal name Mac an Bheathadh meaning ‘son of life’. Compare Vahey. Dutch (de Vey): from Vei ‘playful’ ‘luxuriant’, ‘sensual’. German: metronymic from a short form of the personal name Sophie.

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

Similar surnames: Ney, Fey, Avey, Bey, Ley, Rey, Hey, Dey, Key, Kley

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Where is the Vey family from?

You can see how Vey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vey families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Vey family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Vey's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Vey families in 1840.
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What did your Vey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vey. 16% of Vey men worked as a Laborer and 22% of Vey women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vey were Painter and Saleslady.

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housework
  • Housewife
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Vey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vey 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Vey. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Vey. For the veterans among your Vey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vey lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Vey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Vey in 1962 was 71, and 75 in 2004.

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