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Welby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places called Welby, one in Leicestershire and one in Lincolnshire. The last is named from Old English wella ‘spring’ + Old Norse býr ‘farmstead’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Wilby, Selby, Melby, Beeby, Kilby, Westby, Wisby, Colby, Bielby

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Where is the Welby family from?

You can see how Welby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Welby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Welby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Welby families living in Kentucky. This was 100% of all the recorded Welby's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Welby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Welby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Welby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Welby. 40% of Welby men worked as a Laborer and 38% of Welby women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Welby were Painter and Housewife.

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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
    40%
  • Salesman
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Painter
    11%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Bookkeeper
    38%
  • Stenographer
    38%
  • Housewife
    25%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Welby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Welby 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Welby. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Welby. For the veterans among your Welby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Welby lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Welby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1973. The average life expectancy for Welby in 1963 was 70, and 69 in 2004.

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