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Raby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Raby (Cheshire) recorded as Raby from 1096–1101 Raby in Holme East Waver (Cumberland) recorded as Rabi c. 1150 or Raby in Staindrop (Durham) recorded as Raby c. 1050. The placenames probably derive from Old Norse ‘boundary pole’ + ‘farmstead village settlement’ though the Durham placename may derive from Old Norse ‘roe roe buck’ + as it does not lie on a known boundary. English: in some cases a variant of Robey . Additionally in southwestern England and the Channel Islands there appears to be a further source for the name maybe a diminutive of Robert . Altered form of French Desrabines (via the intermediate form Daraby): habitational name with fused preposition and definite article des ‘from the’ denoting someone from Les Rabines the name of a few places in Brittany. The surname Desrabines is not found in France. Compare Roby French: regional variant of Rabin . German: habitational name from Raby in Bohemia or perhaps from Rabingen in Lower Saxony. Hungarian: probably from a pet form of the rare old personal name Rabán from Latin Rabanus.

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


Similar surnames: Roby, Ray, Raba, Rabey, Carby, Ramm, Canby, Aaby, Way, Irby

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Where is the Raby family from?

You can see how Raby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Raby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Raby families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 138 Raby families living in Quebec. This was about 49% of all the recorded Raby's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Raby families in 1911.
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What did your Raby ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servante were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Raby. 35% of Raby men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Raby women worked as a Servante. Some less common occupations for Americans named Raby were Journalier and Waitress. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    35%
  • Cultivateur
    15%
  • Labourer
    13%
  • Journalier
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Servante
    43%
  • Journalier
    29%
  • Waitress
    29%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Raby. For the veterans among your Raby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Raby lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Raby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Raby in 1945 was 35, and 75 in 2004.

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