Bly Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Bligh. German: variant of Blei, Bley, a metonymic occupational name for a lead miner or lead worker, from Middle High German bli ‘lead’. Dutch: nickname for a cheerful, happy man, Dutch blij. Swedish: possibly German in origin (see 2 above) or a soldier’s name. Americanized form of a Norwegian habitational name from a farmstead in Hardanger named Bleie, from a river name from Old Norse bleikr ‘gray’, ‘pale’ + vin ‘meadow’.

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

Similar surnames: Bley, Bay, Ely, Hoy, Bey, Goy, Bolt, Fey, Ban, Boy

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Bly Family Origin

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Bly Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bly. 44% of Bly men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Bly women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bly were Eng Electricil and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Eng Electricil

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
  • Maid
  • Student

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Bly Life Expectancy

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Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Bly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bly in 1946 was 37, and 72 in 2004.

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