Quick Facts on Kolby
- American, English
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Swarthy one; coal settlement
Etymology & Historical Origin - Kolby
Kolby is a typical American respelling whereby a traditional “C” name is changed to “K”. The name Colby is the transferred use of an old English surname which itself developed from a place name. There are still towns called Colby in Norfolk, Westmorland and Lincolnshire, England. These villages were named Colby to signify the “farmstead or village of a man called Koli”. Koli was an old Nordic nickname Anglo-Saxons borrowed from the Vikings; it signified a person of “swarthy” appearance – in other words, a man with a dark complexion or weather-beaten face. The elements come from the Old Norse “kol” meaning “(char)coal” and “byr” meaning “settlement”. Such towns were either named Colby because they produced coal or because the village was established by some swarthy dude called “Koli”. The first recorded spelling of this surname shows up in the Domesday Book in the 11th century as Colebei. As a given name, Colby has been around for less than 50 years and appears to be mainly used in North America (United States and Canada, specifically). Kolby appeared as an alternate spelling in the mid 1980s.
Popularity of the Name Kolby
Kolby made his debut on the American male naming charts in 1985 which was right around the time Colby began to show some promise as a popular boy’s name. Kolby likewise increased in usage as the years progressed and reached his peak popularity in 2001 at position #359 on the charts (the same year Colby was #99). Kolby has been mimicking the greater success of Colby in the past 20 years. Today both versions of Colby have lost their luster as other “C” surnames dominate the boy’s charts: Connor, Colton, Cooper, Carson and Carter, for example. And in case you’re wondering all of these guys (except for Cooper) carry their own K versions, too: Konnor, Kolton, Karson and Karter. Isn’t that Kute?
Popularity of the Boy Name Kolby
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kolby
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kolby
Kolby We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kolby.
Popular Songs on Kolby
Kolby - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kolby.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Kolby
Kolby, the Skating Bear from Kalamazoo! (Rachel Ondrias) - In Kalamazoo, it is hard to tell what draws the most attention, the shiny red skates or Kolby the big bear that is wearing them! Join Kolby on his skating adventure through the streets of Kalamazoo! Learn with him the lesson of what it really means to be a friend. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Kolby
Famous People Named Kolby - Kolby Smith (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Kolby
Famous People Who Named Their Son Kolby - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Kolby.
Kolby - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Kolby - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kolby.
Personality of the Boy Name Kolby
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Kolby