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Nesby Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from a farm name from Old Norse nesbýr ‘the farm on the headland’. Compare Nesheim .

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

Similar surnames: Nerby, Newby, Nasby, Mosby, Westby, Cosby, Risby, Selby, Busby, Melby

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Where is the Nesby family from?

You can see how Nesby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nesby family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Nesby families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 2 Nesby families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Nesby's in Canada. Nova Scotia and 1 other province had the highest population of Nesby families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Nesby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Nesby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Nesby. 50% of Nesby men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Nesby women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Nesby were Farm and Laundress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Porter
  • Farm

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Seamstress
  • Laborer
  • Laundress
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What Nesby family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Nesby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nesby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 254 immigration records available for the last name Nesby. 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 Cards

There are 498 military records available for the last name Nesby. For the veterans among your Nesby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Nesby lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Nesby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Nesby in 1949 was 34, and 81 in 2004.

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