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Westby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Westby, for example in Lancashire, Lincolnshire, and West Yorkshire, from Old Norse vestr ‘west’ + býr ‘settlement’. Norwegian: habitational name from any of twenty or more farmsteads, mainly in southeastern Norway, named in Old Norse as Vestbýr, a compound Old Norse vestr ‘west’ + býr ‘settlement’. Compare 1. Swedish: habitational or ornamental name of the same etymology as 2 above.

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


Similar surnames: Whitby, Wisby, Ostby, Welby, Wesley, Westbury, Weston, Westen, Nesby

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Where is the Westby family from?

You can see how Westby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Westby family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Westby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Westby family living in Kentucky. This was about 33% of all the recorded Westby's in the USA. Kentucky and 2 other states had the highest population of Westby families in 1840.
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What did your Westby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Westby. 34% of Westby men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Westby women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Westby were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    34%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    21%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Stenographer
    13%
  • Teacher
    13%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Westby. 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 Westby. For the veterans among your Westby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Westby lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Westby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Westby in 1955 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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