Say Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Sai in Orne or Say in Indre, perhaps so called from a Gaulish personal name Saius + the Latin locative suffix -acum. English: metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of say, a kind of finely textured cloth, Middle English say (from Old French saie, Latin saga, plural of sagum ‘military cloak’). In some instances the surname may have arisen from a nickname for an habitual wearer of clothes made of this material. Southern French: topographic name from saix ‘rock’ (Latin saxum), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example, Say in Loire, Saix in Tarn and Vienne, Le Saix in Hautes-Alpes, or Les Saix in Isère.

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

Similar surnames: Hay, May, Gay, Ray, Pay, Kay, Fay, Bay, Nay, Way

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Say Family Origin

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Say Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Say family was Seaman. Laborer, Pecheur and House Keeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Say. The most common Say occupation in Canada was Laborer. 50% of Say's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Pecheur

  • House Keeper

  • Seaman


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Say Life Expectancy

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Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Say life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Say in 1960 was 61, and 65 in 2004.

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