Rigby Family History

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Rigby Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire): habitational name from Rigby in Lancashire, named with Old Norse hryggr ‘ridge’ + býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Risby, Digby, Bigby, Frisby, Filby, Raby, Bilby, Wisby, Rigsby, Kilby

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Rigby Family Origin

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Rigby Family Occupations

What did your Rigby 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 Rigby. 3% of Rigby men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of Rigby women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rigby were Colliery Hewer and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Colliery Hewer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife

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

Rigby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 134,000 census records available for the last name Rigby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rigby 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 40,000 immigration records available for the last name Rigby. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Rigby. For the veterans among your Rigby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rigby Life Expectancy

What is the average Rigby lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Rigby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Rigby in 1950 was 35, and 70 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rigby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rigby 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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