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Busby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Busby in North Yorkshire recorded in Domesday Book as Buschebi from Old Norse buskr ‘bush shrub’ or an Old Norse personal name Buski + ‘homestead village’. Alternatively a habitational name from Bushby in Leicestershire. Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Busby in Carmunnock (Renfrewshire).

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

Similar surnames: Lusby, Bagby, Bush, Furby, Cosby, Wisby, Beeby, Bury, Burby, Nasby

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Where is the Busby family from?

You can see how Busby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Busby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Busby families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 24 Busby families living in South Carolina. This was about 17% of all the recorded Busby's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Busby families in 1840.
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What did your Busby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Busby. 20% of Busby men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Busby women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Busby were Salesman 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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 113,000 census records available for the last name Busby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Busby 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Busby. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Busby. For the veterans among your Busby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Busby lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Busby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Busby in 1940 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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