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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Way Family Origin

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Way Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%

In 1880, the most common Way occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Way's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Way family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Way.

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Way Historical Records

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Way Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Way

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