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Saxby Name Meaning

habitational name from places in Leicestershire and Lincolnshire called Saxby, from the Old Norse personal name Saxi meaning ‘sword’, or the genitive of the Old English folk name Seaxe, Old Norse Saksar ‘Saxons’ + Old Norse býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. nickname for someone quick to take offense and draw his sword, from Middle English sakespey, Old French sacquespee, from Old French sacque(r) ‘to draw or extract’ (from sac ‘sack’) + espee ‘sword’ (Latin spatha).

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

Similar surnames: Haxby, Say, Hamby, Darby, Swaby, Carby, Bagby, Nasby, Canby, Maxey

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Where is the Saxby family from?

You can see how Saxby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Saxby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Saxby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Saxby families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Saxby's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Saxby families in 1840.
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What did your Saxby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Saxby. 50% of Saxby men worked as a Farmer and 32% of Saxby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Saxby were Salesman and Secretary.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Foreman
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housework
  • Teacher
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Saxby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Saxby 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Saxby. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Saxby. For the veterans among your Saxby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Saxby lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Saxby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Saxby in 1956 was 54, and 73 in 2004.

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