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Delay Name Meaning

Irish (Cork): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnshléibhe ‘descendant of Donn Sleibhe’ (see Dunleavy ). English: variant of Delea a name of uncertain meaning possibly a variant of Duley . French: habitational name with fused preposition de ‘from’ denoting someone from Lay (Loire).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Delacy, Demay, Deloy, Delaney, Denny, Dulay, Day, Deland, Delany

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Where is the Delay family from?

You can see how Delay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Delay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Delay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 14 Delay families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 29% of all the recorded Delay's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Delay families in 1911.
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What did your Delay ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Delay. 67% of Delay 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
  • Revenue
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Delay. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Delay. For the veterans among your Delay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Delay lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Delay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Delay in 1944 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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