US Popularity:1137
Other Origin(s):Irish
Meaning:Someone who lives in a coal town; Settlement; Son of Oda
There's nothing cheesy about this gender-neutral name with its Norse and Irish origins. In Norse, Colby means "someone who lives in a coal town." Spelled Kolby, it means "settlement." This name comes from Koli, a personal Norse name derived from kol, a word for charcoal. Colby is also linked to the Irish name Coby, which translates to "Son of Oda." With all these fascinating roots, the name jumped in popularity in the early naughties but has slowly slipped down the rankings, meaning baby probably won't encounter too many other Colbys in their life.

Famous People Named Colby

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  • Colby Donaldson
    Reality TV Star
  • Colby Lewis
    Baseball Player
  • Colby Melvin
  • Colby Rasmus
    Baseball Player

Colby Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Colby is currently #1165 on The Bump
Boy:Colby is currently #638 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Colby is currently #846 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Colby is currently #1137 in U.S. births
Boy:Colby is currently #604 in U.S. births
Girl:Colby is currently #3373 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 672
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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