Rye Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on an island or patch of firm ground surrounded by fens, from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atter ye ‘at the island’ (from Old English eg, ieg ‘island’). adm English: topographic name for someone who lived near a river or stream, from a misdivision of the Middle English phrase atter eye ‘at the river’ (from Old English ea ‘river’). adm; ADM: please check these two; you have ye and eye the other way round in your first checking. KH English: topographic name for someone living at a place where rye (Old English ryge) was grown, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for someone who grew or sold it. adm Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead so named, most of them from Old Norse rjóðr ‘clearing in a forest’, but others from ry ‘dry place with stones’. Danish: habitational name from a place called Rye. OV, LP. Hundreds of Danish and Norwegian in IGI, but only 18 for Sweden

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


Similar surnames: Lye, Nye, Bye, Rue, Re, Roe, Tye, Ree, Eye, Oye

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Rye Family Origin

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Rye Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    12%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Gardener

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Gardener were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rye. The most common Rye occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 12% of Rye's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Rye family was Labourer.

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Between 1946 and 2004, Rye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rye in 1946 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rye

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