By Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Bo, Ba, Bay, Bu, Bly, Bye, Bey, Bi, Byl, Bry

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By Family Origin

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By Family Occupations

What did your By ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named By. 73% of By women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties

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Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Domestic Servant
    28%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

By Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name By. Like a window into their day-to-day life, By 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name By. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name By. For the veterans among your By ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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By Life Expectancy

What is the average By lifespan?

Between 1966 and 2003, in the United States, By life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for By in 1966 was 78, and 73 in 2003.

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