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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Colby

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Colby in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Colby:

  • Records indicate that 46,210 boys in the United States have been named Colby since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2001, when 3,857 people in the U.S. were given the name Colby. Those people are now 19 years old.

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    Comments about the name Colby

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      27 Positive Comments

  • "I love my name so much. It says so much about my personality. I?m in 6th grade and my name is Colby." Oct. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name as Colby I know one other colby personally and I know of the colby I was named after front the third season of survivor, but I love the uniqueness of the name because I?m such a crazy outgoing person and the other colby I know is the same way but we are both wild in our own ways I love my name I even convinced my teacher in 7th grade along with the whole school of 875 kids to name her son colby or her daughter colbie and she compromised with the middle name as colby for her son which made me very happy with the name. I very much recommend the name." Mar. 25, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my naem is Colby, and just now when i was reading this, my friend Alexis said my name like Kobe and it friggen pisses me off yo but i love my name!" May. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "yes to all the Questions but the one that "saids do i spell it wrong" Feb. 7, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my number one pick for my son who I am expecting in the end of October. Though it does make me think of cheese, I think its a great name." Sep. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kolby and I love it! I'm thinking of naming my son JaColby" Jul. 26, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2 year old daughter is called Colbie and everyone hated it at first but now they love it :)" Apr. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "in all my life i've met 2 colbys; me and a 1st grader" Dec. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a one year old who I named Kolby in may of 2009, but I used it for a boy. I love it for either sex" Nov. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name Colby, but for a girl. When I have a daughter I'd definitely name my GIRL Colby, I think it's a great name, different, and really cool." Jul. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a son who is turning 14 named Colby. When he was born my husband loved the name and I kept saying it sounded 'fluffy' and I wanted a "stronger" name like our son Jordan. He insisted that he was a 'Colby' and we named him. It totally fits him. He is the most lighthearted, fun, likable,easygoing kid. Go Colby's!" May. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really wanted something a little more unique for my little boy & come across the name Colby & fell in love he is called Colby James & is now 4 we have only ever met 2 other Colby's One in Devon when on holiday another when out shopping & then one of my friends called her little girl Colbie (Must admit I was less than impressed! But hey I suppose I should take it as a compliment)" Mar. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Colby. My names Colby Lee, you wont get better than that. I haven't met many people with my name but there are a few. Its original in the most part and I think my parents did a good job on it" Jan. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son, Colby , was born in 1994. I have only met 4 other Colby's/Kolby's. I love his name and have received so many compliments on it over the past 15 years. Yes, there are a few people who do pronounce it Kobe. But being the polite child that he is, he just answers to it. I still love the name, Colby, as I did back in 1994! Great name!" Jan. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I are naming our 7 month old fetus Colby. many people mistake it for Kobe especially since we live in So. Cal. due to the Lakers star Kobe Bryant. But we love it." Dec. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Colbie I often get "your son" but i do not CARE. she is my beauty and her name is stunning. it suits her well...." Sep. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Colby and I'm a girl. I've always thought as it as weird until, now I realize that is a unique and cool name. Just yesterday I overheard someone say Colby is such a cool name! Go Colby's!" May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "If I have a girl (due in 4 months) I will be calling her Colbie. I just love it. I just hope she does too! I'm sure my parents will be shocked, but they'll get over it!" Apr. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kolby, but my name starts with a K. Many people have spelled it wrong, not only putting a C but by spelling it like "Kohlbie," or "Kohlby". I have gotten plenty of compliments on my name on how it suits me. I have never met any boy or girl name colby." Mar. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just had my second child and her name is COLBIE Ryanne (sounded Kohl Bee Ryan). even tho shes always dressed in pink its WOW what a HANDSOME FELLA! so i tell them shes a girl. i've only met 2 other girls named colbie, the singer & the girl from All My Children.." Mar. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Son is named Colby Noah, we think it is very fitting, and everyone compliments us on how original it is. Cutie-pie!" Dec. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "everyone thinks its "coby" not "colby". but its an amazing name" Sep. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "everyone thinks its "coby" not "colby". but its an amazing name" Sep. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have just named by son Colby John and he was born on the Isle of Man 31 March 2008 - we have had plenty of compliments regarding the name - he is such a cutey pie xxx of course x" Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Colby and I just a met a girl named Colbie. This is now my favorite name no matter the gender. I do worry that it will be pronounced "KOBE"." Nov. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Colby Mason and I love his name! It fits him perfect!" May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is colby, I have met one girl with the name colby." Mar. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "i think colby is a cheese and only a cheese its like naming your kid rock or leaf or pen" Jan. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

      16 Neutral Comments

  • "My sons name is Colby! I & everyone I?ve met love it!!! It?s really unusual where I am! He was born in 2018" Jun. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I descend fr earliest European settlers in this country Delaware, Virginia, & all but ONE of my recent lines. About half came from Celtic/Nordic/Swiss-Germanic lines...& later (1700) English /Irish.....the rest from (namely, Denmark or Sweden in my line)...those who invaded England (the "Angles" and made them become the "Anglish") (some of whom went on to settle in what is now Scotland/England/ Ireland. Half of my husband's lines came purely from England...and our surname reflects this. Also in this country, the majority of my lines were dairy farmers. To roll ALL THIS into ONE ball of include everything...we chose our first son's name to be "Colby." Our second was "Devin" (a variation of the true spelling of "Devon"---just so people would pronounce it correctly....) Essentially..they both mean the same thing in old English or even old Latin terms.....they both refer to the "GOOD EARTH" in one way or another....."Colby" meaning..."from the Black Earth" ( It can mean, coal, or dark village...OR black Earth--in the USA...the name "Colby farm wagon of yore...and the even present-day "Colby Cheese," refers to the richness of the BLACK EARTH---and additionally ....the "black Earth" can also refer t coal...which is found plentifully in Pennsylvania....where this part of my family landed and prospered. Meanwhile, the name "Devon" or "Devin," of our 2nd child reflected the same Celtic/English Isles origin to "go" w/our last name: It can also mean "from the GOOD Earth.....or the DEFENDER of the good Earth....and so I chose it to go along with his older brother's name....both, essentially linked in the goodness of the Earth, esp the agricultural/ PLUS Nordic/Celtic, and so on, names that are still assigned today to things relating to their names: Colby Cheese, the past Colby farm wagon.....Devonshire (a county) in So England..and so on...." Mar. 20, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "If they ever post the pic that is my little boy Colby in the tux..yes a lot of people do try to call him Cody" May. 14, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm thinking of naming my son Kolby Ryan Wood !! I love it." May. 9, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Colby and im a girl i Used to HATE THE NAME but i love it now it really suits me i cant even think of being called something else!" Jul. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my little boy Colby. He is 4 now; almost 5. I love the name and it suits him. He was going to be Liam until he was born and we decided on Colby instead. We have met one other Colby." Jul. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 3yr old daughters names is Kolby and not a week goes by that someone doesn't ask me "You named her after the basketball player?" Even still they say it suits her well. I couldn't imagine her named anything else." Jun. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 4th son, Colby Alston. Our third son's name is Colten and he goes by Cole. I guess we just like the sound of both of them!! People pick on us about it but oh well. I know only two Colby's in my son's whole elementary school. I also know one girl named Kolbi. It seems fitting for him!! The only confusion we get is when people are trying to figure out which one is Cole and which one is Colby!!" Feb. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our niece was just borned and named: Kholbie. We like the way the name sounds, but we think our sister was high when she spelled the name this way." Jul. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a girl, and my name is Colby. I always say its a boys least the boy way of spelling it. i like it though" Mar. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Colby & people spell it without the L or dont pronouns it :)" Mar. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello. I'm a teenage girl with the name 'Colbi'. It is pernounced like; kohl-bee. I have met other girls & boys with the same name. But spelt differently, heres some examples. Kolbie Colbi Colby Colbie Colbe Colbye Colbee Cobe Kolbi Cobi Kolby Kolbe Yes, there are lots of ways. But, even though my name is not 'popular'. I love it, its different & unique. :)" Jan. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name and we have never met another one.I'm shock to see that its was so popular in 2000." May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate


  • "People always pronounce it as least in my 55 years of having it. I never bother to correct anymore as its not that big of a deal." Apr. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Colby is a good name i would know its mine many poeple dont have it i only know one person with the same name" Mar. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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