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Ismay Name Meaning

English (Cumberland and Northumberland): from the Middle English female personal name Isemay possibly from an unrecorded ancient Germanic Ismagin perhaps from īs ‘ice’ or īsen- ‘iron’ + magin- ‘strength’ though -magin is not known as a second element. Compare Esmay . The personal name commonly took the forms Eman Emeny and Imany.

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


Similar surnames: Smay, Esmay, Isaac, Slay, Asay, Issac, Isham, Lemay, Ishman, Say

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Where is the Ismay family from?

You can see how Ismay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ismay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Ismay families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 2 Ismay families living in Manitoba. This was about 67% of all the recorded Ismay's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Ismay families in 1911.
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What did your Ismay ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ismay. 25% of Ismay men worked as a General Labourer and 86% of Ismay women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ismay were Surface Labourer and Shop Assistant And Motor Driver. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    25%
  • Joiner
    15%
  • Building Contractor
    10%
  • Surface Labourer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    86%
  • Private Means
    9%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duti
    3%
  • Shop Assistant And Motor Driver
    3%
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Census Records

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Ismay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ismay 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 Ismay. 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 773 military records available for the last name Ismay. For the veterans among your Ismay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ismay lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2003, in the United States, Ismay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Ismay in 1961 was 61, and 82 in 2003.

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