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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from Careby in Lincolnshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Kári + býr ‘farmstead’, ‘village’.
  • Swedish and Danish : habitational name from places in Sweden and Denmark named Karby, from karl ‘(free)man’ + býr ‘village’.
  • Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Gerbig.

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