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Shay Family History

Shay Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Shea ; compare O'Shea (where Shea is pronounced as Shay). Scottish and English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): variant of Shaw Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 佘 see She

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


Similar surnames: Shey, Shan, Sham, Shaw, Chay, Shady, Shad, Hak, Smay, Saye

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Where is the Shay family from?

You can see how Shay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Shay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Shay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 104 Shay families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Shay's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Shay families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Shay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Shay ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Shay. 42% of Shay men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Shay women worked as an Income. .

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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
    42%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Carpenter
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Income
    100%
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Census Records

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Shay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Shay 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Shay. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Shay. For the veterans among your Shay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Shay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Shay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Shay in 1941 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

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