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Kirby - Meaning of Kirby

What does Kirby mean?

[ 2 syll. kir-by, ki-rby ] The baby boy name Kirby is also used as a girl name, but the use for boys is somewhat more common. Its pronunciation is K-ERBiy- †. Kirby is largely used in the English language and it is derived from Old Norse origins. The name is of the meaning village with a church. It is derived from the elements 'kirkja' meaning church ; 'býr' town, village, settlement. The first name is from the surname, which was originally given to someone living in a village with a church. The given name was first adopted on a modest scale by English speakers in the 19th century.

Kirby has 12 variants. Variants include Kerbee, Kerbey, Kerbi, Kerbie, Kerby, Kirbee, Kirbey, Kirbi, Kirbie, Kirkby, and Kyrby. The variant spelling Kurrbi is another English form.

See also the related categories, town (village), church, and modest.

Kirby is a rare baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1957, 0.016% of baby boys were given the name Kirby. Its ranking then was #411. The baby name has since fallen from favor, and is now of irregular use. Out of all boy names in its group, Kirby was nonetheless the most popular in 2018. There were times from 1983 to 1986 that the name Kirby was given more often to girls, but it is slightly more popular as a baby boy name today.

Baby names that sound like Kirby include Kerbee, Kerbey, Kerbi, Kerbie, Kerby, Kirbee, Kirbey, Kirbi, Kirbie, Kurrbi, Kareaf, Kareef, Kareif, Karief, Kariff, Karouf, Karoufe, Karyf, Kavi, and Kharouf.

† Pronunciation for Kirby: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"


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