Colby - Meaning of Colby
[ 2 syll. col-by, co-lby ] The baby boy name Colby is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is KAAL-Biy- or KOWL-Biy- †. Colby is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old English. The name is of the meaning coal town, Cola's town, Koli's town. It is from the elements 'kol' meaning coal, black ; 'býr' village, farm. The first name is derived from an Old English surname, which is itself from an Old Norse place name of the meaning 'coal town', or else 'Cola's town' or 'Koli's town'. See Colby for more information.
Colby is a widely used name; it has 21 variants. Variants include Colbie, Coalbea, Coalbeah, Coalbee, Coalbey, Coalbi, Coalbie, Coalby, Colbea, Colbeah, Colbee, Colbey, Colbi, Colbie, Colbin, Cole, Colebee, Coleby, Collby, Kolby, and Koleby.
See also the related form, Colton (English).
Colby is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 2001, 0.187% of baby boys were given the name Colby. Its ranking then was #99. The baby name has since experienced a marked fall in popularity, and is in recent years of sporadic use. In 2012, its usage was only 0.045% and its ranking #341, but it was nonetheless the 2nd most popular after Colton, within all boy names in its group. In 2012, its use outnumbered Colby's by 7 times. Colby has in the past century been predominantly given to baby boys.
† Pronunciation for Colby: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)"