Kilby Family History

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Kilby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Cilebi. It was probably originally named with the Old English elements cild (see Child) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Compare Chilton. The second element was then replaced some time after the Danish invasions by the Old Norse form býr.

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

Similar surnames: Wilby, Bilby, Milby, Kirby, Filby, Gilboy, Welby, Bigby, Lilly

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Kilby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kilby name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Kilby Family Origin

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Kilby Family Occupations

What did your Kilby ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Kilby. The most common Kilby occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 8% of Kilby's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Kilby family was Ag Labourer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Ag Labourer


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

Kilby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 50,000 census records available for the last name Kilby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kilby 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Kilby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Kilby. For the veterans among your Kilby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kilby Life Expectancy

What is the average Kilby lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Kilby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Kilby in 1946 was 33, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kilby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kilby 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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