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Kirby Family History

Kirby Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England called Kirby or Kirkby, from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + býr ‘settlement’.Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Garmhaic ‘descendant of Ciarmhac’, a personal name meaning ‘dark son’. Compare Kerwick.

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

2,333,018 Historical Documents with Kirby on Ancestry.com
572,862 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
64,721 Military Records
32,606 Immigration Records
394,420 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Kirby Families

  • Number of Kirby families
     203 - 403
     68 - 202
     1 - 67
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Kirby families
     895 - 1,788
     299 - 894
     1 - 298
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Kirby families
     19 - 36
     7 - 18
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Kirby Family Origin

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Kirby Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Kirby

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Kirby Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Kirby census records

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Kirby Civil War Service Records

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