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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dey
A servant who has charge of the dairy; a dairymaid.

Etymology: See Dairy

noun Dey
The governor of Algiers; -- so called before the French conquest in 1830.

Etymology: Turk. dāi, orig., a maternal uncle, then a friendly title formerly given to middle-aged or old people, especially among the Janizaries; and hence, in Algiers, consecrated at length to the commanding officer of that corps, who frequently became afterward pasha or regent of that province; hence the European misnomer of dey, as applied to the latter: cf. F. dey


From Persian دی.

  1. The tenth solar month of the Persian calendar.

Notable Persons Named Dey

Dey Young is an actress and sculptor. Dey was born on July 28th, 1955 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, U.S.


Dey was born on February 10th, 1861. He died on April 25th, 1922.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dey

Susan Dey is a model (people), actor, model, and actress. She was most active from 1970 to 2004. Susan was given the name Susan Hallock Dey on December 10th, 1952 in Pekin, Illinois, United States.


Manna Dey was a playback singer musician. His career lasted from 1942 to 2013. Manna was given the name Prabodh Chandra Deyপ্রবোধ চন্দ্র দে on May 1st, 1919 in Kolkata. Manna is also known as Manna Dey. He passed away on October 24th, 2013.


Patricia Dey Altschul is a socialite, television personality, and former art dealer. Her ongoing career started in 1965. Patricia was given the name Patricia Madelyn Dey on April 16th, 1941 in Jacksonville, Florida. Patricia is also known as Dey, Patricia Madeline (birth name); Dey-Smith, Patricia; Fleming, and Patricia (marriage name).



Manali Dey is an actress. She has been prominent since 2009. Manali was born in Picnic Garden.


Subhasish Dey is a in the field of hydraulics. Subhasish was born in 1958 in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India.


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Popularity of Dey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dey U.S.
  White 60.67% 64.26%
  African American 5.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 29.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.55% 16.26%

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People with the last name Dey are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Dey

  • How Popular is the name Dey? As a last name Dey was the 8,019th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Dey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dey is Wednesday, January 12th, 1887.
  • How unique is the name Dey? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dey. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Dey: Your name in reverse order is Yed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eyd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,127 people with the last name Dey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Dey as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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