Westby Family History

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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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Westby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Westby name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Westby. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Norway


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Sweden


  • Germanic Europe


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Westby Family Origin

Where is the Westby family from?

Westby Family Occupations

What did your Westby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Westby family was Plumber. The most common Westby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Westby's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Westby.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Plumber


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Westby ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Westby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Westby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Westby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Westby Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Westby ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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