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Where did the Last name of Lay come from?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    This name is of English locational origin from any of the several

    places named with the Olde English pre 7th Century element "leah"

    translating variously as "an open place in a wood, a glade or low

    lying meadow". Examples are Lee in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire,

    Essex, Kent and Shropshire, also Lea in Cheshire, Lincolnshire,

    Wiltshire etc.. The name may also be topographic for someone who

    dwelled by a pasture or clearing. The surname is first recorded in

    the mid 12th Century, (see below). One, Turqod de la Lea appears in

    the 1193 "Pipe Rolls of Warwickshire" and a Richard de la Lee in

    the 1273 "Hundred Rolls of Wiltshire". On January 27th 1564, Ales

    Lea was christened in Bebington, Cheshire and on August 4th 1590,

    Ann Lea married Thomas Millington in Frodsham, Cheshire. Modern

    variants of the name include Lea, Leah, Lay(e) and Lye(s). Amongst

    the famous name holders was Benjamin Lay (1677-1759) who opposed

    Slavery in the West Indies. He later moved to Philadelphia where he

    worked with the Quakers. The Coat of Arms is a red field, a silver

    chevron charged with three torteaux, and a crest of a gold escallop

    charged with a red saltire. The first recorded spelling of the

    family name is shown to be that of

    Ailric de la Leie, which was dated

    circa 1148, in the "Early Northamptonshire Charters", during the

    reign of

    King Stephen, known as "Count of Blois" 1135 - 1154.

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  • 3 years ago

    Last Name Lay

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  • 1 decade ago

    Hey Baby Girl,

    The name Lay has over 500 hits in the Ellis Island records. They came from England, Cuba, and a variety of places. You would need to trace back to determine if one of this is your surname. You can register at that site for free, and check them out.

    There are 359 hits at the LDS Site from all over the US and England also. Many in England. You should check this out, go to Family Search site and make sure you use advance search for LAY surname, exact spelling.

    The last web sites are LAY at GENFORUM - lots there too, you can talk with others researching LAY family Genealogy there, or just read their postings.

    Best of luck.

    Source(s): great site if you know you had relatives immigrate through NY for a talk with people interested in the same surnames LDS family Search site
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  • 4 years ago

    Changing your last name after marriage is one way of showing you are creating a new family. If a woman wants to keep her maiden name she can hyphenate it and add her husbands last name. If people have different last names I assume they are living together and not married.

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