Roby Family History

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Roby Name Meaning

from a pet form of Robert. habitational name from Roby in Lancashire (now Merseyside), named with Old Norse rá ‘pole’, ‘boundary mark’ + býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Raby, Rigby, Robey, Doby, Hobby, Godby, Robb, Rock, Irby, Proby

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Roby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Roby name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Roby Family Origin

Where is the Roby family from?

Roby Family Occupations

What did your Roby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Roby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Roby's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Roby family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roby.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Roby ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Roby Historical Records

What Roby family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 52,000 census records available for the last name Roby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roby 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Roby. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Roby. For the veterans among your Roby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Roby Life Expectancy

What is the average Roby lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Roby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Roby in 1945 was 62, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Roby 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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