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Fly Name Meaning

English: variant of Flay either a nickname from Middle English fle(gh) flei(gh) flie ‘flea’ (Old English flēah) or a nickname from Middle English fli(gh)e flei(e) fleh(e) ‘fly winged insect’ (Old English flēoge). Danish: topographic name from an unattested word meaning ‘puddle pond’.

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

Similar surnames: Fey, Bly, Fay, Fulp, Hoy, Iley, Flye, Fall, Lo, Fry

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Where is the Fly family from?

You can see how Fly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fly families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Fly families living in Manitoba. This was about 67% of all the recorded Fly's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Fly families in 1911.
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What did your Fly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fly. 28% of Fly men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Fly women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fly were Carpenter and Stenographer. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housework
  • Laborer
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Fly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fly census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Fly. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Fly. For the veterans among your Fly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fly lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Fly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Fly in 1954 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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