Lay Name Meaning

English: variant of Lee. Scottish: reduced variant of McClay. French: habitational name from places so named in Loire, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and Pyrénées-Atlantique. German: habitational name from places so named, in the Rhineland near Koblenz and in Bavaria, named with lay(h), a word meaning ‘stone’, ‘rock’, ‘slate’.

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


Similar surnames: Ley, Hay, Nay, Ray, Say, May, Way, Fay, Kay, Pay

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Lay Family Origin

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Lay Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    8%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Carpenter

    3%
  • Baker

    2%

In 1881, the most common Lay occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Lay's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Lay family was Baker. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lay.

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Lay Historical Records

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Lay Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Lay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lay in 1941 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lay

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