Mays Family History

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Mays Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name May (see May).

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


Similar surnames: Mayse, Mayes, May, Days, Mars, Mass, Maye, Kays, Bays, Bay

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Mays Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mays name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mays. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    47%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    15%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    8%

  • Benin/Togo

    6%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

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Mays Family Origin

Where is the Mays family from?

Mays Family Occupations

What did your Mays ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Mays family was Baggageman. Farmer, Farmer Son and Son were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mays. The most common Mays occupation in Canada was Farmer. 31% of Mays's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Farmer Son

    10%
  • Son

    7%
  • Baggageman

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mays ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mays Historical Records

What Mays family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 172,000 census records available for the last name Mays. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mays 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Mays. 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 32,000 military records available for the last name Mays. For the veterans among your Mays ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mays Life Expectancy

What is the average Mays lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mays life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Mays in 1943 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Mays

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mays 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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