Barclay Family History

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Barclay Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name of English origin, from Berkeley in Gloucestershire, named in Old English with be(o)rc ‘birch’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Bartley, Barley, Batley, Marley, Tarpley, Burcham, Eardley, Varley

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Barclay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Barclay name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Barclay. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Barclay Family Origin

Where is the Barclay family from?

Barclay Family Occupations

What did your Barclay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Barclay family was Annuitant. The most common Barclay occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Barclay's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Barclay.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Barclay ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Barclay Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 155,000 census records available for the last name Barclay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Barclay 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Barclay. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Barclay. For the veterans among your Barclay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Barclay Life Expectancy

What is the average Barclay lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Barclay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Barclay in 1943 was 49, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Barclay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Barclay 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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