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Melby Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of about 25 farmsteads in eastern Norway, originally named Meðalbýr in Old Norse, from meðal ‘middle’ + býr ‘farmstead’.

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


Similar surnames: Meloy, Welby, Milby, Selby, Nerby, Shelby, Bielby, Colby, Kilby

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Where is the Melby family from?

You can see how Melby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Melby families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Melby family living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Melby's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Melby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Melby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Melby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Melby. 32% of Melby men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Melby women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melby were Salesman and Clerk.

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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
    32%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Salesman
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Melby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melby 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 Melby. 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 Melby. For the veterans among your Melby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Melby lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Melby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Melby in 1947 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

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