What does Colby mean?
Colby \c(o)-lby, col-by\ as a boys' name is pronounced KOHL-bee. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Colby is "swarthy person's settlement". From the personal name Koli (from "kol" meaning "charcoal"). There was a 1980s television series "The Colbys". See also Kolby.
For more information, see also the related boy name Colton.
Colby▲ has 1 more related variation via Kolby: Kelby▼.
Colby is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#703 out of 1220, Top 58%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#2642 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Colby for boys. Colby was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its highest position of #99 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is at #428 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Colby and related names. Colton (#65 the previous year), Kolby (#779) and Kelby are the prominent alternative forms of Colby (#428 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its apex in 2001 and has become significantly lower since, with the versions Kolby and Kelby becoming less trendy. Colton (#65) and Colby (#428) are two of the more trendy baby names in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)