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Dunlay Name Meaning

Scottish: perhaps an altered spelling of Irish Dunlea, itself a variant of Delay.

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

Similar surnames: Dunlap, Dunay, Dunlavy, Lunday, Dungey, Finlay, Dunlea, Dupay, Dunlop

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Where is the Dunlay family from?

You can see how Dunlay families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dunlay family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dunlay families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 8 Dunlay families living in Lancashire. This was about 40% of all the recorded Dunlay's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Dunlay families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dunlay surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dunlay ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dunlay. 29% of Dunlay men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Dunlay women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dunlay were Farming and Housekeeper. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Dunlay. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dunlay 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 477 immigration records available for the last name Dunlay. 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 462 military records available for the last name Dunlay. For the veterans among your Dunlay ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dunlay lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Dunlay life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dunlay in 1963 was 75, and 83 in 2004.

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