Lye Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow, pasture, or patch of arable land, Middle English l(e)ye (late Old English leage, dative of leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’); or a habitational name from Lye in Herefordshire (with the same etymology). French: habitational name from Lye in Indre. French (Lyé): habitational name from places called Lié in Deux-Sèvres and Vendée. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in Rogaland named Lye, Old Norse Lýgi meaning ‘alliance’, ‘covenant’, used to denote a place sanctified by such an agreement, such as a court or council meeting place.

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

Similar surnames: Lee, Rye, Bye, Lyle, Lyde, Tye, Lier, Nye, Pye, Eye

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Lye Family Origin

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Lye Family Occupations

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In 1881, Going To School, Farmer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lye. The most common Lye occupation in Canada was Going To School. 26% of Lye's were Going To Schools. A less common occupation for the Lye family was Organ Builder.

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  • Going To School

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Organ Builder


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Passenger List

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Lye Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Lye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Lye in 1957 was 52, and 80 in 2004.

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