Wilby Family History

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Wilby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Wilby, in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Northamptonshire. The first is probably named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old English beag ‘circle’; the second has the same first element + Old Norse býr ‘farmstead’ or Old English beag, and the last is named with the Old English or Old Scandinavian personal name Villi + býr.

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

Similar surnames: Welby, Kilby, Wisby, Filby, Bilby, Milby, Willey, Lilly, Iley, Colby

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Wilby Family Origin

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Wilby Family Occupations

What did your Wilby ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wilby occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Wilby's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wilby. A less common occupation for the Wilby family was Labourer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Laborer

  • Labourer


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

Wilby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Wilby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilby 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilby. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Wilby. For the veterans among your Wilby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wilby Life Expectancy

What is the average Wilby lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Wilby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Wilby in 1958 was 64, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wilby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wilby 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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