Mccay Family History

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Mccay Name Meaning

Northern Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha (see McCoy).

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

Similar surnames: Mckay, Mccaw, Mcclay, Mcnay, Mccoy, Mccary, Mccloy, Mcgaw, Mccabe

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Mccay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mccay name?

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

Where is the Mccay family from?

Mccay Family Occupations

What did your Mccay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Mccay occupation in the UK was Paddler (Iron). 50% of Mccay's were Paddler (Iron)s. Paddler (Iron) and Sailmaker were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Mccay.

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  • Paddler (Iron)

  • Sailmaker


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

Mccay Historical Records

What Mccay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Mccay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mccay 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Mccay. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Mccay. For the veterans among your Mccay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mccay Life Expectancy

What is the average Mccay lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mccay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Mccay in 1942 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mccay 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.

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