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 Family Origin

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Hey Family Occupations

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In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Hey. 1% of Hey men worked as an Incapacitated and 47% of Hey women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hey were Builders Labourer and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Incapacitated
  • Cotton Weaver
  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Unpaid Domestic Dut
  • Housewife

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

Hey Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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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

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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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