Mosby Family History

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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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Mosby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mosby name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mosby. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


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Mosby Family Origin

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Mosby Family Occupations

What did your Mosby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Mosby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Mosby's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Mosby family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mosby.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Mosby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Mosby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mosby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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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Draft Card

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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Mosby Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mosby ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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