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Wisby Name Meaning

English (Middlesex and Essex): habitational name from Whisby in Lincolnshire named from the Old Norse personal name Hvit (genitive Hvits) + Old Norse ‘farmstead village’. Alternatively a habitational name from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire named from Old English wise ‘river swamp’ or wisce ‘marshy meadow’ or from the river Wissey (from Old English wise) + bece bæce ‘stream valley’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wilby, Risby, Lusby, Bigby, Whitby, Westby, Cosby, Welby, Lisby

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Where is the Wisby family from?

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

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wisby. 29% of Wisby men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Wisby women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wisby were Salesman and Servant. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Saleslady
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Wisby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wisby 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 402 immigration records available for the last name Wisby. 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 579 military records available for the last name Wisby. For the veterans among your Wisby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wisby lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Wisby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Wisby in 1949 was 38, and 81 in 2004.

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