Melby Family History

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Melby Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of about 25 farmsteads in eastern Norway, originally named Meðalbýr in Old Norse, from meðal ‘middle’ + býr ‘farmstead’.

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

Similar surnames: Meloy, Welby, Milby, Selby, Nerby, Shelby, Bielby, Colby, Kilby

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Melby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Melby name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Norway


  • Sweden


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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Melby Family Origin

Where is the Melby family from?

Melby Family Occupations

What did your Melby ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Furier and Knife Maker were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Melby. The most common Melby occupation in Canada was Furier. 33% of Melby's were Furiers. A less common occupation for the Melby family was Laborer.

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  • Furier

  • Knife Maker

  • Laborer


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

Melby Historical Records

What Melby family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Melby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melby 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Melby. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Melby. For the veterans among your Melby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Melby Life Expectancy

What is the average Melby lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Melby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Melby in 1947 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Melby 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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