Attaway Family History

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Attaway Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English atte weye ‘by the road’, or a habitational name for someone from Atway or Way, both in Devon. The word way (Old English weg) was the usual term for a road in Old and Middle English, as opposed to a stræt ‘paved road’ (usually a Roman road). The term rad or road, originally meaning ‘act of riding’, ‘outing on horseback’, did not come to mean ‘highway’ until Shakespeare’s time.

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

Similar surnames: Hathaway, Alloway, Gannaway, Pettaway, Stanaway, Garraway, Caraway

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Attaway Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Attaway name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Attaway. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Attaway Family Origin

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Attaway Family Occupations

What did your Attaway ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Attaway family was Carpenter. The most common Attaway occupation in the USA was Farmer. 58% of Attaway's were Farmers. Farmer, Farm Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Attaway.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming

  • Carpenter


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Attaway Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Attaway. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Attaway census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 607 immigration records available for the last name Attaway. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Attaway. For the veterans among your Attaway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Attaway Life Expectancy

What is the average Attaway lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Attaway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Attaway in 1948 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

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