Clay Family History

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Clay Name Meaning

English: from Old English cl?g ‘clay’, applied as a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of clay soil or as a metonymic occupational name for a worker in a clay pit (see Clayman). Americanized spelling of German Klee.

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

Similar surnames: Clary, Slay, Clare, Cap, Way, Clapp, Lay, Bay, Flad, Lau

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Clay Family Origin

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Clay Family Occupations

What did your Clay ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Clay. 9% of Clay men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Clay women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clay were Retired and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic

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

Clay Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 306,000 census records available for the last name Clay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clay 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Clay. 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 53,000 military records available for the last name Clay. For the veterans among your Clay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clay Life Expectancy

What is the average Clay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Clay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Clay in 1941 was 36, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clay 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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