Selby Family History

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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

What did your Selby ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Blacksmith


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

Selby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 123,000 census records available for the last name Selby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Selby 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Selby. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Selby. For the veterans among your Selby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Selby Life Expectancy

What is the average Selby lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Selby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Selby 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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