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

What did your Way ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Way family was Laborer. Farmer, Labourer and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Way. The most common Way occupation in Canada was Farmer. 39% of Way's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Going To School

    4%
  • Laborer

    3%

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Way Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 642 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 1,000 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

What is the average Way lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Way ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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