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Kilby Family History

Kilby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Kilby in Leicestershire. The placename derives from Old English cild ‘child’ (genitive plural cilda) + Old Norse ‘farmstead village’ with change of initial Ch- to K- due to Scandinavian influence. There may have been some confusion with Kelby .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wilby, Bilby, Milby, Kirby, Filby, Gilboy, Welby, Bigby, Lilly

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Where is the Kilby family from?

You can see how Kilby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kilby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kilby families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 12 Kilby families living in North Carolina. This was about 21% of all the recorded Kilby's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Kilby families in 1840.
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What did your Kilby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kilby. 22% of Kilby men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Kilby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kilby were Truck Driver and Seamstress. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Housework
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Kilby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kilby 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kilby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Kilby. For the veterans among your Kilby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kilby lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Kilby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kilby in 1946 was 33, and 81 in 2004.

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