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This interesting surname is an English locational name derived from Derby in either Derbyshire or Lancashire or from Darby in Lincolnshire. The name is in all cases derived from the Old Norse "djur" meaning a deer and "byr" meaning a farm or settlement. Derby in Derbyshire, called then Deoraby, was referred to as early as 917 A.D. in the "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle". The Domesday Book (1086) refereed to "Derbei" in Lancashire. The earliest recorded use of surname was in the mid 13th Century (see below). Another recording of the name was that of Edelota Darby in "The Hundred Rolls, Oxfordshire" (1278). The surname occurs under the variants Darby and Derby...

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