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Way Name Meaning

English (chiefly southern): topographic name for someone who lived near a road or path, Old English weg (cognate with Old Norse vegr, Old High German weg), or a habitational name from some minor place named with this word, as for example any of the places called Way or Waye, in Devon.

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


Similar surnames: Hay, May, Say, Ray, Fay, Kay, Pay, Gay, Day, Bay

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Where is the Way family from?

You can see how Way families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Way family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Way families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 117 Way families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Way's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Way families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Way surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Way ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Way. 17% of Way men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Way women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Way were Carpenter 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
    17%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 212,000 census records available for the last name Way. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Way 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 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Way. 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 65,000 military records available for the last name Way. For the veterans among your Way ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Way lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Way life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Way in 1940 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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