What does Colby mean?
Colby [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.
Associated with: norse.
Affiliated boy name: Colton.
1 more relation via Kolby: Kelby.Creative forms:
(male) Calby, Celby, ..
(female) Colda, Coli, .. Middle name pairings:
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)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Colton (#59 the previous year), Kolby (#827), Colbert and Kelby are the prominent alternative forms of Colby (#454 the previous year) 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.
Colby▼ is pronounced similarly to Kelbey and Kellby. Other recommended 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.See names in meaning and etymology.