Clay Name Meaning

English: from Old English cl?g ‘clay’, applied as a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of clay soil or as a metonymic occupational name for a worker in a clay pit (see Clayman). Americanized spelling of German Klee.

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


Similar surnames: Clary, Slay, Clare, Cap, Way, Clapp, Lay, Bay, Flad, Lau

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Clay Family Origin

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Clay Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    22%
  • School

    19%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Merchant

    6%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Clay family was Merchant. The most common Clay occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Clay's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clay.

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Clay Historical Records

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Clay Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Clay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Clay in 1941 was 36, and 71 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Clay

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