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Canby Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from Caenby in Lincolnshire, named with the Old Norse personal name Kafni + býr ‘farmstead’.

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


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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Canby families living in Delaware. This was about 32% of all the recorded Canby's in the USA. Delaware had the highest population of Canby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Canby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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 US 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
    36%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    36%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Helper
    15%
  • Secretary
    15%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Canby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Canby 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 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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Draft Cards

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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