Shelby Family History

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Shelby Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Selby, or a habitational name from an unidentified place named with the northern Middle English elements schele ‘hut’ + by ‘settlement’, ‘farm’ (Old Norse býr).

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


Similar surnames: Selby, Hemby, Bielby, Welby, Smeby, Melby, Shell, Shepley, Shelley

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Shelby Family Origin

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Shelby Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    14%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    7%

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shelby. A less common occupation for the Shelby family was Farming. The most common Shelby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Shelby's were Farmers.

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Shelby Historical Records

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Shelby Life Expectancy

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