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Bye Family History

Bye Surname Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a bend for example in a river from Middle English bye ‘bend’ (from Old English byge a derivative of būgan ‘to bow’). Occasionally it may be from an Old English personal name of obscure origin. Norwegian: habitational name from any of 25 farms named By from Old Norse býr ‘farm’. Compare Bee . Swedish: variant of By a habitational name from any of numerous places called By from Old Swedish by ‘village farm town’.

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


Similar surnames: Rye, Lye, Boe, Tye, Nye, Boye, Pye, Bee, Pyle, Hyde

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Where is the Bye family from?

You can see how Bye families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bye family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bye families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 316 Bye families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Bye's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bye families in 1891.
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What did your Bye ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bye. 9% of Bye men worked as a Bricklayer and 71% of Bye women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bye were Gardener and Housewife. .

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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

  • Bricklayer
    9%
  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Farm Labourer
    6%
  • Gardener
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    71%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Bye. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bye census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bye. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Bye. For the veterans among your Bye ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bye lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Bye in 1940 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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