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Slay Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English slay(e) ‘slay’ (Old English slege from slēan ‘to strike’) used for someone who made or used slays an implement used in weaving to push the weft thread tightly against the thread of the preceding pass of the shuttle. English: variant of Slee English and Irish: variant of Sly .

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


Similar surnames: Say, Clay, Day, Bay, Slack, Slape, Sly, Lay, Flad, Way

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Where is the Slay family from?

You can see how Slay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Slay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Slay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 6 Slay families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Slay's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Slay families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Slay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Slay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Slay. 23% of Slay men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Slay women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Slay were Farm Laborer and Maid. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Waitress
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Slay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Slay 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 929 immigration records available for the last name Slay. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Slay. For the veterans among your Slay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Slay lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Slay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Slay in 1946 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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