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There are approximately 1,144 people named Airey in the UK. That makes it the 6,593rd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 18 are named Airey.

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The Airey surname in historical dictionaries

Patronymica Britannica (1860)

AIREY. This Cumberland family consider the name to have been borrowed from some elevated dwelling among llie mountains called an Eyrie, such designations for residences not being uncommon. The " Eagle's Nest " would be a much more eligible name for an abode than Rook'sncst. Goose-nest, or Stoat's-nest, which are still to be found. See Aquila. An aery also signifies a place for the breeding or training of hawks. Ellis, Introd. Domesd. I, 341.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

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