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Wilby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Wilby, in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Northamptonshire. The first is probably named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old English beag ‘circle’; the second has the same first element + Old Norse býr ‘farmstead’ or Old English beag, and the last is named with the Old English or Old Scandinavian personal name Villi + býr.

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


Similar surnames: Welby, Kilby, Wisby, Filby, Bilby, Milby, Willey, Lilly, Iley, Colby

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Where is the Wilby family from?

You can see how Wilby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilby families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Wilby families living in New York. This was about 57% of all the recorded Wilby's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Wilby families in 1840.
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What did your Wilby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wilby. 34% of Wilby men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Wilby women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilby were Salesman and Maid.

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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
    34%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    34%
  • Nurse
    34%
  • Maid
    34%
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Wilby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilby 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilby. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Wilby. For the veterans among your Wilby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilby lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wilby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Wilby in 1958 was 64, and 71 in 2004.

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