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Garay Name Meaning

Basque: Castilianized form of Garai, a habitational name from Garai, in Biscay, Basque Country, or from one of the five other, smaller places of the same name, also in Biscay, all named from Basque garai ‘high’, a derivative of gara ‘height’, ‘peak’. Hungarian: habitational name for someone from a place called Gara.

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

Similar surnames: Gray, Garibay, Gara, Duray, Carby, Harty, Bardy, Parady, Gard, Kara

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Where is the Garay family from?

You can see how Garay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Garay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Garay families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 42 Garay families living in Quebec. This was about 88% of all the recorded Garay's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Garay families in 1911.
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What did your Garay ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Garay. .

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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

  • Laborer
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Garay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Garay 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Garay. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Garay. For the veterans among your Garay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Garay lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Garay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Garay in 1954 was 47, and 67 in 2004.

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