Hey Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): habitational name from a place called Hey. Dutch: topographic name for someone who lived on a heath, Dutch hei, heide. German: metonymic occupational name for a grower or mower of grass, from Middle High German höu ‘grass’, ‘hay’. North German (Frisian) and Dutch: from a Germanic personal name formed with hag ‘fence’, ‘enclosure’ as the first element. South German: occupational name from Middle High German heie ‘ranger’, ‘warden’, ‘guard’ or a topographic name from Middle High German haie ‘protected wood’.

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

Similar surnames: Hay, Ney, Fey, Ley, Hoy, Bey, Rey, Dey, Heyd, Hee

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Hey Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hey. 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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Hey Family Origin

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Hey Family Occupations

What did your Hey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Worsted Weaver and Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hey. The most common Hey occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Hey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hey family was Woollen Weaver.

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  • Farmer

  • Worsted Weaver

  • Grocer

  • Woollen Weaver


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Hey Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 80,000 census records available for the last name Hey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hey 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Hey. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Hey. For the veterans among your Hey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hey Life Expectancy

What is the average Hey lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Hey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Hey in 1954 was 56, and 78 in 2004.

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