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Mccay Family History

Mccay Name Meaning

Northern Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha (see McCoy).

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

Similar surnames: Mckay, Mccaw, Mcclay, Mcnay, Mccoy, Mccary, Mccloy, Mcgaw, Mccabe

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Where is the Mccay family from?

You can see how Mccay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mccay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mccay families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 21 Mccay families living in New Brunswick. This was about 28% of all the recorded Mccay's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Mccay families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mccay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mccay ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Mccay. 47% of Mccay men worked as a Farmer.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Fisherman
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Mccay. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Mccay. For the veterans among your Mccay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mccay lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mccay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Mccay in 1942 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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