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Urey Surname Meaning

English (Lancashire): of Norman origin from the early Middle English personal name Urri Old French Our(r)i earlier Olric Ulric (ancient Germanic Odelric formed with the ancient Germanic elements ōthal- ‘fatherland’ + rīc ‘power’). The name sometimes appears with prosthetic H- (see Hurry ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Rey, Ury, Ure, Jury, Uren, Prey, Krey, Troy, Fey, Orey

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Where is the Urey family from?

You can see how Urey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Urey family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Urey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Urey family living in British Columbia. This was 100% of all the recorded Urey's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Urey families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Urey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Urey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Urey. 28% of Urey men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Urey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Urey were Machinist and Watch Maker. .

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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

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Carpenter
    7%
  • Machinist
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    24%
  • Nurse
    18%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Watch Maker
    12%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Urey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Urey 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 217 immigration records available for the last name Urey. 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 812 military records available for the last name Urey. For the veterans among your Urey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Urey lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Urey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Urey in 1955 was 48, and 83 in 2004.

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