Nye Name Meaning

English (southeastern): topographic name arising from a misdivision of Middle English atten (e)ye which means either ‘at the river’ or ‘at the island’, from Old English ea ‘river’ and eg ‘island’ respectively. Both these words were feminine in Old English, and so should have been preceded only by Middle English atter (see Rye), but distinctions of gender ceased to be carefully maintained in the Middle English period.

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

Similar surnames: Rye, Bye, Lye, Tye, Pye, Eye, Noe, Hyde, Pyle, Ayer

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Nye Family Origin

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Nye Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Nye. 10% of Nye men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Nye women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nye were Incapacitated and Domestic Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties

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Nye Historical Records

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Passenger List

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Nye Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Nye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Nye in 1944 was 27, and 78 in 2004.

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