Hays Family History

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Hays Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant spelling of Hayes 1–4.

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

Similar surnames: Heys, Hayes, Haws, Haye, Hayn, Hayse, Hams, Ways, Hahs, Hayles

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Hays Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hays name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hays. 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


  • Sweden


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Hays Family Origin

Where is the Hays family from?

Hays Family Occupations

What did your Hays ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hays family was Framework Knitter. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hays. The most common Hays occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 10% of Hays's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Framework Knitter


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

Hays Historical Records

What Hays family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 325,000 census records available for the last name Hays. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hays 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Hays. 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 62,000 military records available for the last name Hays. For the veterans among your Hays ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hays Life Expectancy

What is the average Hays lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hays life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Hays in 1941 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hays

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hays 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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