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What does Derby mean?

Derby Pronunciation of Derby [der-by] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Derby is "park with deer". Place name. Variant spelling of Darby. Also the name of a hat with a round crown, and America's most famous horse, the Kentucky Derby. The race got its name from the English Derby, which was instituted by the Earl of Derby in 1780.

Associated with: old english, park (tree), deer, crown (king), famous, earl (noble).


Derby has 2 variants: Derbey and Derbie.

2 more related forms via Darby: Darbey and Darbie.

1 feminine form: Darby.

Creative forms:
(male) Dearby, Deby, ..

(female) Derly, Dermi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Derby Dashawn (D.D.), ..

How popular is Derby?

Derby is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#5497 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Darby is the only prominent varying form of Derby (not ranked) listed in the Top 2000. This relation of Derby reached the height of its popularity during 1970-1979. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Darby in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Derby and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Corby, Danby, Darcy, Darry, Darsy, Delray, Delroy, Denbey, Denby, Denly, Denny, Derek, Deri, Deric, Derik, Deriq, Derk, Deron, Derry, Derryk, Derryl, Derwyn, Deryk, Deryl, Dewey, Dexy, Digby, Dory, Dray, Kelby, Kerby, Kirby, Selby and Welby. These names tend to be more commonly used than Derby.

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