Way Name Meaning

English (chiefly southern): topographic name for someone who lived near a road or path, Old English weg (cognate with Old Norse vegr, Old High German weg), or a habitational name from some minor place named with this word, as for example any of the places called Way or Waye, in Devon.

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


Similar surnames: Hay, May, Say, Ray, Fay, Kay, Pay, Gay, Day, Bay

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Way Family Origin

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Way Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Way. 33% of Way men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Way women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Way were Clerk and Bookkeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    33%
  • Labourer
    15%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    21%
  • Income
    12%
  • Servant
    12%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Way Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 212,000 census records available for the last name Way. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Way census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Way. 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 Card

There are 65,000 military records available for the last name Way. For the veterans among your Way ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Way Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Way life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Way in 1940 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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