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Rye Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on an island ornpatch of firm ground surrounded by fens, from a misdivision of thenMiddle English phrase atter ye ‘at the island’ (from OldnEnglish eg, ieg ‘island’). adm English:ntopographic name for someone who lived near a river or stream, from anmisdivision of the Middle English phrase atter eye ‘at thenriver’ (from Old English ea ‘river’). adm; ADM: pleasencheck these two; you have ye and eye the other way round in your firstnchecking. KH English: topographic name for someone living at anplace where rye (Old English ryge) was grown, or perhaps anmetonymic occupational name for someone who grew or sold it. adm Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named, most ofnthem from Old Norse rjóðr ‘clearing in a forest’, butnothers from ry ‘dry place with stones’. Danish:nhabitational name from a place called Rye. OV, LP. Hundreds ofnDanish and Norwegian in IGI, but only 18 for Sweden

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

Similar surnames: Lye, Nye, Bye, Rue, Re, Roe, Tye, Ree, Eye, Oye

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You can see how Rye families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rye family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rye families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 65 Rye families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rye's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Rye families in 1911.
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What did your Rye ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Rye. 55% of Rye 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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Rye. 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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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Rye. For the veterans among your Rye ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rye lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Rye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rye in 1946 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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