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Selby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, so named from Old Norse selja ‘willow’ + býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. The surname is now very common in Nottinghamshire. Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish surname.

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

Similar surnames: Shelby, Welby, Melby, Bielby, Denby, Sebo, Beeby, Milby, Hemby, Saxby

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Where is the Selby family from?

You can see how Selby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Selby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Selby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 55 Selby families living in Maryland. This was about 28% of all the recorded Selby's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Selby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Selby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Selby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Selby. 17% of Selby men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Selby women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Selby were Carpenter 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
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Secretary
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Census Records

There are 123,000 census records available for the last name Selby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Selby 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Selby. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Selby. For the veterans among your Selby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Selby lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Selby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Selby in 1942 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

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