Ney Name Meaning

English: variant of Nye. Irish: reduced form of O’Ney. North German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Neu. The Jewish surname may sometimes be a shortened form of a name such as Neuburger. German: habitational name from a place near Boppard. North German: nickname from Middle Low German ni(g)e, ney(g)e ‘(the) new one’. Dutch: from a short form of the personal name Aarnoud (see Arnold). Dutch (de Ney): variant of Nay 3.

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

Similar surnames: Nay, Hey, Rey, Vey, Fey, Ley, Noy, New, Dey, Neu

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Ney Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • European Jewish


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Ney Family Origin

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Ney Family Occupations

What did your Ney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ney family was Carpenter. Farmer, Farm Labourer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ney. The most common Ney occupation in Canada was Farmer. 46% of Ney's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farm Labourer

  • Servant

  • Carpenter


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Ney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Ney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ney 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

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Ney. For the veterans among your Ney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ney Life Expectancy

What is the average Ney lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Ney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Ney in 1948 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

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