Dey Name Meaning

English: variant of Day 1 and 2. German: topographic name from a field name in North Rhine-Westphalia, denoting a sizeable piece of land. Welsh: from Dai or Dei, pet forms of the personal name Dafydd, Welsh form of David. Indian (Bengal and Orissa) and Bangladeshi: Hindu (Kayasth) name, probably from Sanskrit deya ‘suitable for a gift’.

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

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

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Dey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Southern Asia


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Dey Family Origin

Where is the Dey family from?

Dey Family Occupations

What did your Dey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dey occupation in Canada was Going To School. 31% of Dey's were Going To Schools. A less common occupation for the Dey family was Blacksmith. Going To School, Farmer and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dey.

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  • Going To School

  • Farmer

  • School

  • Blacksmith


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Dey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Dey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dey 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 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 Card

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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Dey Life Expectancy

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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