Malay Family History

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Malay Name Meaning

French (Walloon): according to Debrabandere, a Walloon variant of Mala(he), a nickname for a difficult, clumsy or maladroit person, from French malaise ‘illness’, ‘sickness’; ‘awkward’, ‘clumsy’.

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

Similar surnames: Malan, Mally, Mclay, Matey, Balay, Maloy, Paley, Maly, Maday, Malik

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Malay Family Origin

Where is the Malay family from?

Malay Family Occupations

What did your Malay ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Chef were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Malay. 25% of Malay men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Malay women worked as a Chef. Some less common occupations for Americans named Malay were Miner and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Chef
  • Student

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Malay Historical Records

What Malay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Malay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Malay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Malay

Passenger List

There are 854 immigration records available for the last name Malay. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Malay. For the veterans among your Malay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Malay Life Expectancy

What is the average Malay lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Malay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Malay in 1958 was 28, and 68 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Malay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Malay ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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