Colby is a name that feels kind and young. It has fluctuated greatly on the Social Security Popularity Index, however, ranking from the top 100 list to the top 1,000 list. As of 2020, it is right in the middle on the top 700 list.

Meaning of the name Colby:

English: from Koli's farm, from a coal town

Origin of the name Colby:

Colby did not become the first name until the twentieth century. Prior to this, it was a surname in England for families from a variety of similar towns. The name came from the Old Norse words “koli” and “byr.”

baby name colby

Symbolism of the name Colby:

The Norse word “koli” means “coal” or “dark.” “Byr,” on the other hand, means “town.” This is why the definition of Colby is “from a coal town.”

Style of the name Colby:

Traditional, but modern as a first name option.

Gender of the name Colby:

Colby is an informal name for primarily boys. In rare cases, some girls have the name, however.

Pronunciation of the name Colby:


Number of syllables in the name Colby:


Emotion evoked from the name Colby:

Colby feels youthful, lighthearted, and fun. It is an approachable name with a sense of humility.

Alternative spellings for the name Colby:

  • Kolby 
  • Colbee
  • Kolbee
  • Colbi
  • Kolbi

Nicknames for the name Colby:

  • Colb
  • Bee
  • Cole 
  • Coco
  • Colbs
  • Colbster

Popularity of the name Colby:

Colby became a top 1,000 name in America in the mid-twentieth century in 1968 at rank 845. It was briefly a top 100 name for one year at rank 99 in 2001. As of 2020, Colby is almost a top 600 name at rank 617.

Related names for the name Colby:

Great middle names for Colby and their meanings:

  • Nathaniel (given by God)
  • Finn (white, fair-haired)
  • Wyatt (hardy, strong, brave)
  • Alden (old friend)
  • Payton (Poega's town)
  • Quinn (descendent of Conn)

Famous people with the name Colby:

  • Colby Cohen (NHL player)
  • Colby Cockwoldt (NFL player)
  • Colby Rasmus (MLB player)
  • Colby Paul (actor, “Star Trek”)
  • Colby Lewis (MLB player)
  • Colby O'Donis (pop singer)
  • Colby Donaldson (reality TV star, “Survivor”)

Colbys in popular culture:

  • Colby Granger (character from “Numbers”)