Lemay Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Lemay Name Meaning

French: habitational name from Lemay in Maine-et-Loire. English: nickname from Middle English may ‘young lad’ or ‘girl’, with the Old French definite article le.

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

Similar surnames: Leray, Demay, Lamay, May, Leaf, Lema, Levay, Leal, Leday, Senay

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Lemay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lemay name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lemay. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • France


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Lemay Family Origin

Where is the Lemay family from?

Lemay Family Occupations

What did your Lemay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Lemay occupation in the UK was Cigar Maker. 15% of Lemay's were Cigar Makers. Cigar Maker, Silk Weaver and Box & Trunk Maker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lemay. A less common occupation for the Lemay family was Boxmaker.

View Census data for Lemay | Data not to scale

  • Cigar Maker

  • Silk Weaver

  • Box & Trunk Maker

  • Boxmaker


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

Lemay Historical Records

What Lemay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 71,000 census records available for the last name Lemay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lemay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Lemay

Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Lemay. 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.

View all Lemay immigration records

Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Lemay. For the veterans among your Lemay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Lemay military records

You've only scratched the surface of Lemay family history.

Lemay Life Expectancy

What is the average Lemay lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lemay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Lemay in 1941 was 20, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lemay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lemay 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.

Famous Lemay Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name