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Salway Family History

Salway Surname Meaning

English (Somerset and Devon): from the Middle English personal name Salewi Selawy probably from Old English Sǣlwīg (sǣl ‘happiness prosperity’ + wīg ‘battle’). The name may sometimes have been confused with Selwyn . Americanized form of French Salois .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Solway, Alway, Alday, Salman, Sala, Salva, Soloway, Gadway, Salas

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Where is the Salway family from?

You can see how Salway families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Salway family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Salway families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 188 Salway families living in Somerset. This was about 35% of all the recorded Salway's in United Kingdom. Somerset had the highest population of Salway families in 1891.
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What did your Salway ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Salway. 20% of Salway men worked as an Incapacitated and 77% of Salway women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Salway were Old Age Pensioner and Unpaid Domestic Dutie. .

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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 Male Occupations In 1939

  • Incapacitated
    20%
  • General Labourer
    20%
  • Jobbing Gardener
    10%
  • Old Age Pensioner
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dut
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    3%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Salway. 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 773 military records available for the last name Salway. For the veterans among your Salway ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Salway lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Salway life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Salway in 1943 was 27, and 81 in 2004.

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