Slay Family History

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Slay Name Meaning

from Middle English slaye (Old English slege, from slean ‘to strike’), a metonymic occupational name for a slay maker, an implement used in weaving to push the weft thread tightly against the thread of the preceding pass of the shuttle. topographic name from Middle English slay ‘grassy slope’.

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

Similar surnames: Say, Clay, Day, Bay, Slack, Slape, Sly, Lay, Flad, Way

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Slay Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Slay name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Slay. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • France


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Slay Family Origin

Where is the Slay family from?

Slay Family Occupations

What did your Slay ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Carpenter, Clothier Cutter and College Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Slay. A less common occupation for the Slay family was College Servant (Bedmaker). The most common Slay occupation in the UK was Carpenter. 9% of Slay's were Carpenters.

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  • Carpenter

  • Clothier Cutter

  • College Servant

  • College Servant (Bedmaker)


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Slay ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Slay Historical Records

What Slay family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Slay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Slay census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 929 immigration records available for the last name Slay. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Slay. For the veterans among your Slay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Slay Life Expectancy

What is the average Slay lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Slay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Slay in 1946 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Slay

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Slay ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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