Selby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire, so named from Old Norse selja ‘willow’ + býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. The surname is now very common in Nottinghamshire. Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish surname.

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


Similar surnames: Shelby, Welby, Melby, Bielby, Denby, Sebo, Beeby, Milby, Hemby, Saxby

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Selby Family Origin

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Selby Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Labourer

    2%
  • Blacksmith

    2%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Selby family was Blacksmith. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Selby. The most common Selby occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Selby's were Farmers.

Source: Census data for Selby | Data not to scale

Selby Historical Records

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Selby Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1942 and 2004, Selby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Selby in 1942 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Selby

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