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Bly Name Meaning

English (Norfolk and Suffolk): variant of Bligh Americanized form of German Blei ‘lead’ or of its cognate Bley . Americanized and Flemish form of Dutch Blij ‘merry gay happy’ (see Blei ). Compare Bley . Swedish: of German origin (see 2 above) or a soldier's name. Americanized form of Norwegian Bleie: 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 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Bly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bly families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 21 Bly families living in Ontario. This was about 75% of all the recorded Bly's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bly families in 1911.
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What did your Bly ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Bly. 78% of Bly men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bly. 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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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Bly. For the veterans among your Bly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bly lifespan?

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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