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Mclay Family History

Mclay Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of McClay from Scottish Gaelic Mac an Lèigh.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Mcray, Mcbay, Maclay, Mcvay, Mcgray, Mcnay, Malay, Mckay, Mcclay

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Where is the Mclay family from?

You can see how Mclay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mclay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mclay families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 25 Mclay families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Mclay's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Mclay families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mclay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mclay ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and School Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Mclay. 46% of Mclay men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Mclay women worked as a School Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mclay were Physician and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Physician

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • School Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Mclay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mclay 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Mclay. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Mclay. For the veterans among your Mclay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mclay lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Mclay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Mclay in 1956 was 37, and 83 in 2004.

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