Darby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city of Derby, the county seat of Derbyshire, but also from the much smaller place called West Derby in Lancashire. Both are named from Old Norse djúr ‘deer’ + býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. The usual spelling of the surname represents the pronunciation of both the place name and the surname. Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Diarmada (or Mac Diarmada) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Diarmaid’, a personal name meaning ‘freeman’. See also Dermott, Macdermott. Insofar as Gaelic Ó Duibhdhiormaigh was sometimes reinterpreted as Ó Diarmada, Darby could also be an Anglicization of this name too. The English surname is also established in Ireland, having been taken to County Leix in the 16th century.

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


Similar surnames: Darcy, Carby, Dalby, Danby, Early, Hamby, Darty, Dery, Barry, Hardy

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  • Farmer

    32%
  • Cultivateur

    6%
  • Labourer

    6%
  • Laborer

    5%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Darby family was Laborer. The most common Darby occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Darby's were Farmers. Farmer, Cultivateur and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Darby.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Darby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Darby in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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