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Owenby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from one or more of the places in Lincolnshire named Aunby Aunsby or Owmby (two places) all of which have medieval spellings such as Oune(s)by. They are named with the Old Norse personal name Authun or Aun(n) + býr ‘farmstead settlement’. This surname has always been rare in Britain.

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


Similar surnames: Owensby, Welby, Sowerby, Overby, Denby, Wisby, Canby, Hornby, Bielby

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Where is the Owenby family from?

You can see how Owenby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Owenby family name was found in the USA between 1840 and 1920. The most Owenby families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 6 Owenby families living in Missouri. This was about 32% of all the recorded Owenby's in USA. Missouri and 1 other state had the highest population of Owenby families in 1840.
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What did your Owenby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Owenby. 33% of Owenby men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Owenby women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Owenby were Operator and Maid. .

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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
    33%
  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farming
    6%
  • Operator
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • House Work
    10%
  • Farmer
    7%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Owenby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Owenby 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 82 immigration records available for the last name Owenby. 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 Owenby. For the veterans among your Owenby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Owenby lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Owenby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Owenby in 1954 was 57, and 81 in 2004.

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