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Quay Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: shortened form of McKay or McKee . English: variant of Kay . French: topographic name for someone who lived in a house on a quayside from Old French quai ‘quay’. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 郭 possibly based on its Teochew or Hokkien pronunciation see Guo

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

Similar surnames: Bay, Quarry, Quan, Way, Bury, Guay, Quade, Quin, Day, Jury

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Where is the Quay family from?

You can see how Quay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Quay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Quay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 25 Quay families living in Isle of Man. This was about 31% of all the recorded Quay's in United Kingdom. Isle of Man had the highest population of Quay families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Quay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Quay ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Quay. 100% of Quay women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Quay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Quay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Quay. 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 Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Quay. For the veterans among your Quay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Quay lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Quay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Quay in 1953 was 42, and 89 in 2004.

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