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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Derby

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Der"by
  1. A race for three-old horses, run annually at Epsom (near London), for the Derby stakes. It was instituted by the 12th Earl of Derby, in 1780.
  2. A stiff felt hat with a dome-shaped crown.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A felt hat that is round and hard with a narrow brim
  1. A city in the east Midlands of England, once the county town of Derbyshire.
  2. Various cities in the USA
    1. A city in Connecticut.
    2. A city/village in Iowa.
    3. A city in Kansas.
    4. A town in Vermont.
  3. One of two towns in Australia, one in Tasmania and the other in Western Australia.
  4. A town in South Africa.

Derby was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Derby

Derby Carrillo is a soccer player for the Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja, California State University, Dominguez Hills, St. John's Red Storm, Jersey Express S.C., Kitsap Pumas, F.C. New York, Cal FC, Santa Tecla F.C., Atlanta Silverbacks, and El Salvador national football team. Derby was born on September 19th, 1987 in La Mirada, California, United States.


Derby Makinka was a soccer player for the CSKA Pamir Dushanbe, Lech Poznań, Ettifaq FC, and Zambia national football team. Derby was born on September 5th, 1965 in Harare. He passed away on April 27th, 1993.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Derby

The Earl of Derby was a prime minister. He was most prominent from 1866 to 1868. The was born on March 29th, 1799 in Knowsley Park, Great Britain. He breathed his last breath on October 23rd, 1869.


Ethel was given the name Ethel Carow Roosevelt by her parents Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Roosevelt on August 13th, 1891 in Oyster Bay, New York, U.S. She died on December 10th, 1977.


A. J. Derby is an athlete for the New England Patriots. A. was born on September 20th, 1991 in Iowa City, Iowa.


Edward was born on April 21st, 1918. He passed away on November 28th, 1994.


He died in 1190.


William was born in 1168. He breathed his last breath in 1247.


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Popularity of Derby as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Derby U.S.
  White 88.78% 64.26%
  African American 5.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.80% 16.26%

Of Last Name Derby

People with the last name Derby are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Derby

  • How Popular is the name Derby? Derby is the 53,228th most popular name of all time. As a last name Derby was the 5,921st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Derby have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34 babies born with the first name Derby in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Derby? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Derby first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Derby is Wednesday, April 10th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Derby born? The highest recorded use of the first name Derby was in 1987 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Derby: Your name in reverse order is Ybred. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ryebd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Derby? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,822 people with the last name Derby.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Derby? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Derby as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.