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Dry Family History

Dry Name Meaning

English: variant of Dray.

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


Similar surnames: Drey, Drye, Fry, Ary, Dey, Ury, Dory, Dary, Dury, Dray

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Where is the Dry family from?

You can see how Dry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dry families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 134 Dry families living in Yorkshire. This was about 31% of all the recorded Dry's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Dry families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dry ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dry. 53% of Dry men worked as a General Labourer and 80% of Dry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dry were Bus Conductor and Incapacitated. .

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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

  • General Labourer
    53%
  • Incapacitated
    16%
  • Painter decorator
    11%
  • Bus Conductor
    11%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    80%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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What Dry family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Dry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dry 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Dry. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Dry. For the veterans among your Dry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dry lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Dry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dry in 1946 was 55, and 72 in 2004.

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