Shay Name Meaning

Irish: variant spelling of Shea.

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


Similar surnames: Shey, Shan, Sham, Shaw, Chay, Shady, Shad, Hak, Smay, Saye

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Shay Family Origin

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Shay Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    13%
  • Market Gardener

    7%
  • Hawker

    3%
  • Housekeeper

    3%

In 1881, Labourer, Market Gardener and Hawker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shay. A less common occupation for the Shay family was Housekeeper. The most common Shay occupation in the UK was Labourer. 13% of Shay's were Labourers.

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Shay Historical Records

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Shay Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Shay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Shay in 1941 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shay

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