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Godby Name Meaning

English: habitational name for someone from either of two places in Leicestershire, Goadby or Goadby Marwood, named from the Old Norse personal name Gauti + býr ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Corby, Cosby, Colby, Gunby, Gadsby, Goldsby, Hobby, Mosby, Goy, Godoy

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Where is the Godby family from?

You can see how Godby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Godby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Godby families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Godby families living in Kentucky. This was about 46% of all the recorded Godby's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Godby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Godby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Godby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Godby. 25% of Godby men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Godby women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Godby were Truck Driver and Musician.

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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
    25%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • Carpenter
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Servant
    20%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Musician
    10%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Godby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Godby 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 900 immigration records available for the last name Godby. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Godby. For the veterans among your Godby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Godby lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Godby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Godby in 1943 was 54, and 70 in 2004.

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