Malay Name Meaning

French (Walloon): according to Debrabandere, a Walloon variant of Mala(he), a nickname for a difficult, clumsy or maladroit person, from French malaise ‘illness’, ‘sickness’; ‘awkward’, ‘clumsy’.

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


Similar surnames: Malan, Mally, Mclay, Matey, Balay, Maloy, Paley, Maly, Maday, Malik

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Malay Family Origin

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Malay Family Occupations

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  • Boatman

    20%
  • Bricklayers Labourer

    20%
  • Furnaceman Chem Wks

    20%
  • Hawker

    20%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Malay family was Hawker. Boatman, Bricklayers Labourer and Furnaceman Chem Wks were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Malay. The most common Malay occupation in the UK was Boatman. 20% of Malay's were Boatmans.

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Malay Historical Records

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Malay Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1958 and 2004, Malay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Malay in 1958 was 28, and 68 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Malay

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