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Kirby Family History

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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Where is the Kirby family from?

You can see how Kirby families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kirby family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Kirby families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 67 Kirby families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Kirby's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Kirby families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Kirby surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Kirby ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Kirby. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kirby were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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.

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