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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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Darby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Darby name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Darby Family Origin

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Darby Family Occupations

What did your Darby ancestors do for a living?

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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  • Farmer

  • Cultivateur

  • Labourer

  • Laborer


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Darby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 171,000 census records available for the last name Darby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Darby 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Darby. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Darby. For the veterans among your Darby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Darby Life Expectancy

What is the average Darby lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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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