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Dey Name Meaning

English Scottish and Welsh: variant of Day . German: topographic name from a field name in North Rhine-Westphalia denoting a sizeable piece of land from Middle Low German ‘thigh’ (referring to the shape of the property). German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name of the same origin as in 4 below. Dutch: variant mostly archaic or Americanized of Deij from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name possibly composed with dag ‘day’ e.g. Daegberht or with theud ‘people’ (compare Deibert ). Indian (Bengal and Orissa) and Bangladeshi: Kayastha name probably from Sanskrit deya ‘suitable for a gift’.

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

Similar surnames: Day, Fey, Hey, Ley, Ney, Deo, Bey, Rey, Dec, Dee

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You can see how Dey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 80 Dey families living in Ontario. This was about 66% of all the recorded Dey's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dey families in 1911.
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What did your Dey ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Dey. 38% of Dey 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
  • Clerk
  • Cultivateur
  • Carpenter
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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Dey. 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 Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Dey. For the veterans among your Dey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Dey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dey in 1940 was 51, and 78 in 2004.

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