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Canby Family History

Canby Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): probably a habitational name from Caenby in Lincolnshire named with the Old Norse personal name KaThe Oxford Dictionary of Family Names of Ireland, 2021 + ‘farmstead’. However it may also be a shortened form of a habitational name from Cross Canonby (Cumbria) or Carnaby (East Yorkshire).

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

Similar surnames: Carby, Danby, Corby, Bagby, Cosby, Saxby, Haxby, Raby, Denby, Cumby

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Where is the Canby family from?

You can see how Canby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Canby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Canby families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Canby families living in Delaware. This was about 32% of all the recorded Canby's in USA. Delaware had the highest population of Canby families in 1840.
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What did your Canby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Canby. 36% of Canby men worked as a Farmer and 36% of Canby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Canby were Clerk and Secretary. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Farmer
  • Helper
  • Secretary
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Canby. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Canby. For the veterans among your Canby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Canby lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Canby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Canby in 1944 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

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