Tay Name Meaning

English: possibly a variant of Tye. Jewish (from Poland): metonymic occupational name for a tea merchant, from central Yiddish tay ‘tea’. Chinese : variant of Zheng.

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

Similar surnames: Nay, Kay, May, Hay, Lay, Ray, Fay, Toy, Say, Tag

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Tay Family Origin

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Tay Family Occupations

What did your Tay ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Insurance Agent and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Tay. 60% of Tay men worked as an Insurance Agent and 83% of Tay women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tay were Bricklayers Labourer and Office Cleaner

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Insurance Agent
  • Bricklayers Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Unpaid Domestic Dut
  • Office Cleaner

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

Tay Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Tay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tay 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Tay. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Tay. For the veterans among your Tay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tay Life Expectancy

What is the average Tay lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Tay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Tay in 1963 was 71, and 76 in 2004.

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