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 Family Origin

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Colby Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    25%
  • School

    14%
  • Scholar

    6%
  • Servant

    5%

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

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Colby Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Colby

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