Lay Name Meaning

English: variant of Lee. Scottish: reduced variant of McClay. French: habitational name from places so named in Loire, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and Pyrénées-Atlantique. German: habitational name from places so named, in the Rhineland near Koblenz and in Bavaria, named with lay(h), a word meaning ‘stone’, ‘rock’, ‘slate’.

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


Similar surnames: Ley, Hay, Nay, Ray, Say, May, Way, Fay, Kay, Pay

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Lay Family Origin

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Lay Family Occupations

What did your Lay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Lay family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Farmer Son and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lay. The most common Lay occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Lay's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    35%
  • Farmer Son

    6%
  • Tailor

    6%
  • Blacksmith

    3%

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Lay Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Lay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lay 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Lay. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Lay. For the veterans among your Lay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lay Life Expectancy

What is the average Lay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lay in 1941 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

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