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What does Colby mean?

Colby Pronunciation of Colby 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH Col-, -by, norse


VARIANTS Colbee, Colbert, Colbey, Colbie, Collby



(male) Calby, ..

(female) Coli, ..

Colby Grant (C.G.), ..

How popular is Colby?

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 (#3015 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Colby reached its highest position of #99 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is at #454 currently. (2015 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Colby name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Colby outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Colton (#59 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Kolby (#827), Colbert and Kelby are the prominent alternative forms of Colby (#454) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Colby was widespread in the year 2001 (USAGE OF 0.4%) and has remained as conventional to this day (USAGE 0.4%, 7.4% LESS). Colton has been the most prevalent, while Colby is now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Colby, Colbert, Colton, Kelby, Kolby in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Colby, Colton outside U.S.

Similar Names

Colby is pronounced similarly to Kelbey and Kellby. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alby, Bobby, Cadby, Caley, Canby, Clay, Cloy, Cob, Cobb, Cobby, Cobe, Cobey, Cobi, Coby, Codey, Cody, Col, Colan, Colas, Cole, Colet, Coley, Colin, Colis, Coll, Colla, Colle, Colley, Colm, Colt, Colum, Colwyn, Colyn, Coney, Conley, Conwy, Corby, Corbyn, Corey, Corley, Corry, Corty, Cory, Coty, Covey, Cowry, Coxey, Coy, Crosby, Cully, Gilby, Joby, Koby, Robby, Selby, Toby and Welby. These names tend to be less commonly used than Colby.

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