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Colby

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54k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
11k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Colby

"Colby" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Koli's farm". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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Place name in Norfolk and Cumbria from Old Norse kol (“charcoal”) or Koli, personal name + býr (“settlement”).

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
  3. One of two villages in England.
  4. A village in the Isle of Man.
  5. A city and county seat in Kansas.
  6. A city and town in Wisconsin.
  7. A soft, moist, mild cheese made with a washed-curd process.

Notable Persons Named Colby

Colby was born on October 18th, 1980 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Colby O'Donis is a pop music and contemporary r&b singer-songwriter and guitarist. His ongoing career started in 2008. Colby was given the name Colby O'Donis Colón on March 14th, 1989.

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Colby Donaldson is a television personality. Colby was born on April 1st, 1974 in Christoval, Texas, U.S.

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Colby was born on February 22nd, 1988 in Clovis, California.

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Colby Rasmus is an athlete for the Houston Astros. Colby was born on August 11th, 1986 in Columbus, Georgia.

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Colby Armstrong is a hockey player. He was most prominent from 2002 to 2014. Colby was born on November 23rd, 1982 in Lloydminster.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Colby

Danielle Colby is a burlesque dancer, antique shop office manager, tv personality, clothing boutique owner, burlesque, boutique, burlesquedancer, and clothingboutiqueowner. Danielle was born on December 3rd, 1975 in Davenport, Iowa, U.S.

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William Colby was a Director of Central Intelligence. William was given the name William Egan Colby on January 4th, 1920 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S. He passed away on April 27th, 1996.

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Barbara was born on July 2nd, 1939 in New York City. She passed away on July 24th, 1975.

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Jamie Nell Colby is a television news correspondent, news anchor, and lawyer.

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How popular is the baby name Colby in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1888 5 0 5
1916 8 0 8
1917 9 0 9
1918 7 0 7
1919 8 0 8
1920 13 0 13
1921 14 0 14
1922 7 0 7
1923 7 0 7
1924 9 0 9
1925 8 0 8
1926 8 0 8
1927 10 0 10
1928 9 0 9
1929 5 0 5
1930 8 0 8
1931 5 0 5
1932 5 0 5
1933 6 0 6
1934 6 0 6
1935 10 0 10
1936 7 0 7
1937 7 0 7
1938 10 0 10
1939 9 0 9
1940 6 0 6
1941 7 0 7
1942 9 0 9
1943 10 0 10
1944 16 0 16
1945 15 0 15
1946 8 0 8
1947 17 0 17
1948 25 0 25
1949 24 0 24
1950 21 7 14
1951 14 0 14
1952 35 9 26
1953 26 9 17
1954 25 6 19
1955 39 14 25
1956 33 5 28
1957 36 5 31
1958 27 5 22
1959 34 5 29
1960 33 0 33
1961 40 0 40
1962 32 6 26
1963 39 6 33
1964 35 6 29
1965 38 6 32
1966 38 0 38
1967 42 0 42
1968 84 10 74
1969 96 12 84
1970 162 19 143
1971 228 19 209
1972 230 21 209
1973 335 26 309
1974 370 40 330
1975 393 42 351
1976 361 41 320
1977 340 41 299
1978 315 25 290
1979 327 29 298
1980 292 31 261
1981 259 17 242
1982 525 31 494
1983 737 82 655
1984 887 129 758
1985 861 146 715
1986 1,016 124 892
1987 1,009 138 871
1988 1,024 103 921
1989 1,136 105 1,031
1990 1,257 129 1,128
1991 1,639 124 1,515
1992 1,729 155 1,574
1993 1,652 134 1,518
1994 1,591 142 1,449
1995 1,519 108 1,411
1996 1,446 102 1,344
1997 1,447 90 1,357
1998 1,544 88 1,456
1999 1,645 138 1,507
2000 1,619 155 1,464
2001 3,979 120 3,859 #99 boy name
2002 3,237 119 3,118
2003 2,255 85 2,170
2004 2,136 71 2,065
2005 1,656 54 1,602
2006 1,315 44 1,271
2007 1,287 68 1,219
2008 1,325 70 1,255
2009 1,224 72 1,152
2010 1,273 66 1,207
2011 1,081 57 1,024
2012 956 48 908
2013 776 33 743
2014 766 52 714
2015 708 45 663
2016 586 36 550

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Popularity of Colby as a first name

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Popularity of Colby as a last name

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Common last names for Colby

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Colby U.S.
  White 93.16% 64.26%
  African American 1.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Colby

People with the last name Colby are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Colby

  • How Popular is the name Colby? Colby is the 945th most popular name of all time. As a last name Colby was the 3,204th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Colby have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 53,559 babies born with the first name Colby in the United States. That's more than enough people named Colby to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Colby? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Colby first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Colby is Wednesday, December 29th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Colby born? The highest recorded use of the first name Colby was in 2001 with a total of 3,859 babies. That's a lot of babies named Colby!
  • Random Colby Factoid: According to the 1991 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Colby ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 28 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 1991.
  • Weird things about the name Colby: Your name in reverse order is Ybloc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ybloc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Colby? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,278 people with the last name Colby.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Colby? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Colby as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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