Pay Name Meaning

English (mainly Kent): nickname from Middle English pe, pa ‘peacock’ (see Peacock). English: from an early medieval personal name, apparently masculine, but of uncertain origin; perhaps derived from 1, or, as Reaney suggests, a survival of Old English Pæga. French: habitational name from places called Le Pay, in Indre, Rhône, and Vendée. This may also be a variant of pays ‘region’, ‘country’, used to denote a local person. Irish (County Kilkenny): apparently from the Old English female personal name Pega, taken to Ireland (Kilkenny) by English settlers. Peakirk in Northamptonshire, England, is named for St. Pega (died c. 719), who reputedly founded a cell there.

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


Similar surnames: Hay, May, Ray, Gay, Day, Say, Fay, Kay, Bay, Pray

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Pay Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Pay. 31% of Pay men worked as a Farmer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Labourer
    31%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Carpenter
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    100%

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Pay Life Expectancy

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Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Pay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Pay in 1952 was 46, and 81 in 2004.

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