Kirby Family History

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Kirby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England called Kirby or Kirkby, from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + býr ‘settlement’. Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Garmhaic ‘descendant of Ciarmhac’, a personal name meaning ‘dark son’. Compare Kerwick.

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


Similar surnames: Irby, Kilby, Corby, Wilby, Furby, Bigby, Kirkeby, Wisby, Carby, Kibby

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Kirby Family Origin

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Kirby Family Occupations

What did your Kirby ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Kirby. 2% of Kirby men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Kirby women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kirby were Gardener and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    2%
  • Builders Labourer
    1%
  • Bricklayer
    1%
  • Gardener
    1%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    52%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    1%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Kirby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 430,000 census records available for the last name Kirby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kirby 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 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Kirby. 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 70,000 military records available for the last name Kirby. For the veterans among your Kirby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kirby Life Expectancy

What is the average Kirby lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Kirby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Kirby in 1941 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Kirby

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