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Say Surname Meaning

English: of Norman origin a habitational name from Sai in Orne or Say in Indre France perhaps so called from a Gaulish personal name Saius + the Latin locative suffix -acum (see also French name 3 below). English: nickname perhaps for someone who made or sold say a type of woollen cloth or for an habitual wearer of clothes made of this material from Middle English sai(e) ‘say’ (Old French saie from Latin saga plural of sagum ‘military cloak’). See also Sayer . French (southern): topographic name from saix (from Latin saxum) ‘rock’ or a habitational name from a place called with this word for example Say in Loire Saix in Tarn and Vienne Le Saix in Hautes-Alpes or Les Saix in Isère. Burmese (Karen): from a personal name usually forming part of a compound name from say ‘silver’. — Note: Since Karens do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Cambodian: written សាយ corresponding to the Khmer word of various possible meanings including ‘(to be) prolific’. Turkish: ornamental name nickname or topographic name from mostly regional say meaning e.g. ‘flat very thin stone’ and ‘companion’.7: Amerindian (Guatemala): Mayan name from a term denoting a kind of small fish.

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

Similar surnames: Hay, May, Gay, Ray, Pay, Kay, Fay, Bay, Nay, Way

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Where is the Say family from?

You can see how Say families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Say family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Say families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 272 Say families living in London. This was about 31% of all the recorded Say's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Say families in 1891.
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What did your Say 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 Say. 17% of Say men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Say women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Say 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

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

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There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Say. For the veterans among your Say ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Say lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Say life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2002, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Say in 1960 was 61, and 65 in 2004.

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