Colby Family History

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Colby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Norfolk and Cumbria named Colby, from the Old Norse personal name Koli (a byname for a swarthy person, from kol ‘(char)coal’) + Old Norse býr ‘settlement’. Variant spelling of Norwegian Kolby, a habitational name in Akershus, with the same etymology as 1.

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


Similar surnames: Corby, Cosby, Coley, Carby, Godby, Holtby, Milby, Welby, Hobby, Canby

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Colby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Colby name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Colby. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    48%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    8%

  • France

    4%

  • Norway

    4%

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Colby Family Origin

Where is the Colby family from?

Colby Family Occupations

What did your Colby ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Colby family was Servant. The most common Colby occupation in Canada was Farmer. 25% of Colby's were Farmers. Farmer, School and Scholar were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colby.

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  • Farmer

    25%
  • School

    14%
  • Scholar

    6%
  • Servant

    5%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Colby ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Colby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 87,000 census records available for the last name Colby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Colby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Colby. For the veterans among your Colby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Colby Life Expectancy

What is the average Colby lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Colby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Colby in 1945 was 27, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Colby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Colby ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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