Nay Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McNay. English: variant of Nye. French: habitational name from places so called in Manche and Pyrénées Atlantiques, possibly named with Latin Nadium, from a Gaulish personal name, Nadius. Dutch: metonymic occupational name for a tailor or embroiderer, from a derivative of naaien ‘to sew’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Yiddish equivalent of German Neu.

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

Similar surnames: May, Ney, Hay, Kay, Say, Ray, Lay, Nau, Pay, Gay

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Nay Family Origin

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Nay Family Occupations

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In 1939, Bolt Forger and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Nay. 4% of Nay men worked as a Bolt Forger and 42% of Nay women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nay were At School and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Bolt Forger
  • Agricultural Carpenter
  • Assistant Schoolmaster Technical Subject
  • At School

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Help
  • Machine Packer
  • Unpaid Domestic

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

Nay Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Nay Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Nay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Nay in 1942 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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