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Origins of the Jay surname

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About the Jays

We have a total number of 31196 records for people with the last name Jay.

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Where do most Jays live?

In 1921, most Jays lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Jays

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 26,500 records for the Jay surname. The oldest one dates back to 1559.

Who were Jays most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Jays.

What are the most common Jay first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Jay family members

Common jobs for Jays

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Jays in 1921
Dressmaker

99

Laundress

70

Living On Own Means

65

Domestic Servant

64

General Servant

59

Common Male occupations for Jays in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

189

Farm Labourer

93

General Labourer

87

Carpenter

74

Farmer

66

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