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Colby Family History

Colby Name Meaning
English: habitational name from places in Norfolk and Cumbria named Colby, from the Old Norse personal name Koli (a byname for a swarthy person, from kol ‘(char)coal’) + Old Norse býr ‘settlement’.Variant spelling of Norwegian Kolby, a habitational name in Akershus, with the same etymology as 1.

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

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122,113 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
15,415 Military Records
5,345 Immigration Records
84,873 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Colby Families

  • Number of Colby families
     164 - 326
     55 - 163
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Colby families
     62 - 122
     21 - 61
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Colby families
     3 - 3
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Colby Family Origin

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Colby Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Colby

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Colby Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Colby census records

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Colby Civil War Service Records

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