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Denby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places so named in Derbyshire and West Yorkshire. This place name has the same origin as Danby, but the Old Norse first element has been replaced by the cognate Old English Dene.

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


Similar surnames: Danby, Denny, Dent, Selby, Beeby, Newby, Welby, Hemby, Demby, Canby

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Where is the Denby family from?

You can see how Denby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Denby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Denby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 6 Denby families living in Virginia. This was about 29% of all the recorded Denby's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Denby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Denby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Denby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Denby. 21% of Denby men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Denby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Denby were Farm Laborer and Stenographer.

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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
    21%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Secretary
    12%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
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Census Records

There are 43,000 census records available for the last name Denby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Denby 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 Denby. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Denby. For the veterans among your Denby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Denby lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Denby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Denby in 1957 was 38, and 62 in 2004.

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