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Ly Family History

Ly Name Meaning

Vietnamese (): adoption of the Chinese word 李 ‘plum’; see Li 1 compare 3 below. Southeast Asian (Hmong): from the name of the Ly or Lee clan of the Hmong people in Laos China and Vietnam; in Chinese characters it is written 李 (see Li 1 compare 3 below). Compare Lee 8. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 李 and 黎 see Li 1 and Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 呂 see Lu 6.

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


Similar surnames: Lo, Hy, La, Lyn, Ley, Bly, Ky, Ty, Le, Fly

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Where is the Ly family from?

You can see how Ly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Ly families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Ly families living in British Columbia. This was about 75% of all the recorded Ly's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Ly families in 1911.
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What did your Ly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ly. 40% of Ly men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Ly women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ly were Wetfinisher and Owner. .

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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

  • Laborer
    40%
  • Salesman
    20%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Wetfinisher
    20%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    50%
  • Owner
    50%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Ly. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ly 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Ly. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Ly. For the veterans among your Ly ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ly lifespan?

Between 1975 and 2004, in the United States, Ly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ly in 1975 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

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