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Girl Names Ending with -by

By ending baby names and what they mean, with 26 results. -by names are used more often as masculine names. These girl names were at the height of their popularity a century ago (ADOPTION OF 0.76%) and have become much less conventional since (ADOPTION 0.31%, 59%), with names such as Debby falling out of fashion. Roby (TOP 2%) and Bagby (4%) are conventional -by last names. Here is the list of -by names for boys.

-by names

Abby - Ruby | Selby - Trilby

Abby - Ruby


Form of Abigail. Based on Hebrew element. "Father of exaltation." Aby is also a slightly favored birth name.

Form of Ailbhe. Stems fr. Irish, Gaelic. "White." Unisex name. Alby (UPPER 51%), like Aeby (UPPER 95%), Allenby (54%), is a popular -by suffix surname.

Form of Alba. Based on Latin language. "White." Alby is not in the Top 2000. Gender-neutral name.

Based on Old English language. "Ash tree home." Ashy (UPPER 51%), Ashba (58%) are familiar last names. Cross-gender use.

Form of Bambi. Origin fr. Italian. Pet name .. Unusual. Bamby is not listed in the US Demographics. See also Bauby.

Barbara and variants

Bobby1, Bauby, Barby
Forms of Barbara. Derived fr. Latin element. "Foreign woman." Bobby is commonly used as a girls' name among the variations of Barbara.

Robby1, Bobby2
Forms of Roberta. Stems fr. Old English, Old German words. "Bright fame." Used somewhat widely as children's names, Bobby and Robby are similar to the common Ruby.

Darby and variants

Darby, var. Darrby
Based on Old English element. "Deer park." Less widespread today. Darby was the variation last found (2017) in the Top 2000.


Var. of Deborah. Root fr. Hebrew element. "Bee." Debby is widely used as a birth name among the variations of Deborah.

Source fr. Spanish, Greek words. "Shining, brilliant." Filby and Viaby are creative forms. See also Febe.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of -by names: Abby, Bobby, Darby, Debby, Kelby

Top 2000 baby names ranking of -by names: Kirby, Libby, Ruby

Var. of Gabrielle. Origin fr. Hebrew word. "Woman of God." Gaby is unusual as a children's name. Cross-gender use.

Stems fr. Hebrew element. "Persecuted." Joby is rare as a girls' name. Also a boys' name.


Origin fr. Old English. "Farmhouse near the stream." Unisex name. Kelby is a rarely used first name, existing commonly (UPPER 66%) as a last name.


Root fr. English word. "Church farm." Gender-neutral name. Kirby was popular with parents in 1990.

Libby and variants

Libby1, var. Liby
From English, Hebrew elements. "God is my oath." Adoption of Libby and variants was widespread among parents in 2010 and is lower today.

Var. of Elizabeth. Derived fr. Hebrew element. "God is my oath." A conventional baby name (#1088 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Libby is also used often as a surname. See also Livy.

Var. of Phoebe. Origin fr. Greek language. "Bright, radiant." Pheby is uncommon as a female name.

Quenby, var. Quinby
Source fr. Old English element. "Queen's settlement." Quenby and Quinby are unconventional feminine names, and Quinby appears frequently (TOP 20%) as a last name.

Form of Robin. Derivative of Old English, Old German elements. "Bright fame." Not in Top 2000. Also used for boys.


Stems fr. English word. "The red gemstone." Ruby became more trendy in 2018, gaining +4 positions as a baby name to reach #74. Also used for boys.

Quick Reference

Summary Index of names [and variants] for -by names for girls.

1. Abby - Ruby
Abigail [Abby], Ailbhe [Alby], Alba [Alby], Ashby, Bambi [Bamby], Barbara [Bobby, Bauby, Barby], Roberta [Robby, Bobby], Darby [Darrby], Deborah [Debby], Fiby, Gabrielle [Gaby], Joby, Kelby, Kirby, Libby [Liby], Elizabeth [Libby], Phoebe [Pheby], Quenby [Quinby], Robin [Robby], Ruby

Selby, Shelby [Shellby], Tabitha [Tabby], Tiberia [Tibby], Toby [Thoby], Trilby [Trillby]

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