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Risby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Lincolnshire, Suffolk, and East Yorkshire, so named from Old Norse hrís ‘brushwood’ + býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Rigby, Frisby, Wisby, Rigsby, Irby, Ormsby, Mosby, Rise, Bigby, Raby

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Where is the Risby family from?

You can see how Risby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Risby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Risby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Risby families living in Virginia. This was about 50% of all the recorded Risby's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Risby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Risby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Risby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Risby. 43% of Risby men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Risby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Risby were Janitor and Farm Laborer.

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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
    43%
  • Farmer
    25%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%
  • Janitor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Maid
    16%
  • Servant
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    12%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Risby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Risby 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 749 immigration records available for the last name Risby. 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 556 military records available for the last name Risby. For the veterans among your Risby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Risby lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Risby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1992, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Risby in 1960 was 58, and 73 in 2004.

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