Bay Name Meaning

English, French, and Dutch: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai, Middle Dutch bay ‘reddish brown’ (Latin badius, used originally of horses). English: from the Middle English personal name Baye, Old English Beaga (masculine) or Beage (feminine). Scottish: reduced form of McBeth. German: from the Germanic personal name Baio. The name is also found in Denmark and Norway, where it may be a short form of German Bayer or from baygh, originally a loan word from French denoting a type of fabric.

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


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

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Bay Family Origin

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Bay Family Occupations

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  • Laborer

    10%
  • Labourer

    10%
  • A G Laborer

    5%
  • Block Silk Printer

    5%

In 1881, the most common Bay occupation in the UK was Laborer. 10% of Bay's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Bay family was Block Silk Printer. Laborer, Labourer and A G Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bay.

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Between 1944 and 2004, Bay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bay in 1944 was 27, and 77 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bay

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