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Mosby Family History

Mosby Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): habitational name, probably from Mosbrough in South Yorkshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Moresburh, from Old English mores, genitive singular of mor ‘marsh’, ‘fen’, ‘moor’ + burh ‘fortress’. Norwegian: habitational name from any of several farmsteads in southern Norway, so named from Old Norse mós (genitive case of mór ‘sandy plain’) + býr ‘farm’.

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


Similar surnames: Cosby, Morby, Moseby, Moy, Busby, Nasby, Colby, Milby, Lusby, Ostby

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Where is the Mosby family from?

You can see how Mosby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mosby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mosby families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 40 Mosby families living in Virginia. This was about 57% of all the recorded Mosby's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Mosby families in 1840.
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What did your Mosby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mosby. 24% of Mosby men worked as a Laborer and 24% of Mosby women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mosby were Salesman and Teacher.

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    24%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Laundress
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Mosby. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Mosby. For the veterans among your Mosby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mosby lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Mosby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Mosby in 1945 was 19, and 69 in 2004.

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