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20 Great -by Baby Names

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There’s something sweet and approachable about names that end in –by.  Here are 20  and great choices for your little baBY.

Abby
Current Ranking: 437 for girls
A common nickname for Abigail, Abby would also be a great nickname for Abilene or even Tabitha
Cool Connection: Sesame Street character Abby Cadabby

Ashby
Current Ranking: Only used by 23 girls and 17 boys last year
Could Ashby the next Ashley? Ashby has a super sweet Southern sound.
Cool Connection:  TV host Nancy O’Dell has a daughter named Ashby Grace

Barnaby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 boys were used Barnaby last year
A posh beginning with a sweet ending.  Barnaby is derived from the name Barnabas.
Cool Connection: Barnaby Bear is an animated and live action character in several UK TV series

Colby
Current Ranking: 454 for boys
A surname, a place name, and the name of a cheese.
Cool Connection: Survivor runner-up Colby Donaldson

Crosby
Current Ranking: 575 for boys
People really took notice of this name following the success of the show Parenthood
Cool Connection: Folk rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Darby
Current Ranking: Only used by 110 girls and 27 boys last year
Fairly common boys name in Ireland, Darby will forever remind me of the film Darby O’Gill and the Little People.
Cool Connection: Actor Paul Rudd has a daughter named Darby

Gatsby
Current Ranking: Only used by 12 boys and 5 girls last year
Literary parents will recognize this name from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Cool Connection: The character Jay Gatsby was actually born James “Jimmy” Gatz

Jacoby
Current Ranking: 655 for boys
A little bit Jacob and a little bit Coby, a fun name with lots of charm!
Cool Connection: Boston Red Sox player Jacoby Ellsury

Kelby
Current Ranking: Only used by 41 boys and 23 girls last year
If Kelly and Shelby had a baby you’d get the surname Kelby!
Cool Connection: Kelby has British, Tutonic, German and possibly Norse roots.

Kirby
Current Ranking: Only used by 53 boys and 27 girls last year
A sporty sounding unisex surname
Cool Connection: John Wayne played 5 characters named Kirby in his acting career with

Libby
Current Ranking: 995 for girls
Originally a nickname for Elizabeth, Libby would also be a darling nickname for Liberty
Cool Connection: Carly Simon has a song called Libby

Moby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Moby last year
This could make for a fun nickname. Most folks are sure to associate it with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Cool Connection: Musician Moby was born Richard Melville Hall and got his stage name/nickname due to his ancestor, Herman Melville.

Quimby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Quimby last year
A quirky cute Q name
Cool Connection: Beverly Cleary character Ramona Quimby

Rigby
Current Ranking: Only used by 31 boys last year
Beatles fans are sure to recognize this name from the song Eleanor Rigby
Cool Connection: USA Gymnastic Gold medalist Cathy Rigby

Ruby
Current Ranking: 83 for girls
A beautiful red gemstone name on the rise
Cool Connection: Ruby Bridges, Activist and first African American child to desegregate a Louisiana school in 1960

Selby
Current Ranking: Only used by 9 girls last year
In the Shelby and Sylvie family, Selby has a posh and fresh sound
Cool Connection: Edgy photographer Todd Selby

Shelby
Current Ranking: 299 for girls
Shelby screams super sweet southern belle
Cool Connection: Julia Robert’s character in the tear-jerking comedy Steel Magnolias

Tibby
Current Ranking: Less than 5 babies were named Tibby last year
Tibby originated as a nickname for Elizabeth, though it also works well as a nickname for Tabitha
Cool Connection: Tabitha “Tibby” is a character in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series

Toby
Current Ranking: 689 for boys
First used as a nickname for Tobias, Toby now stands alone as a full name
Cool Connection: Actor Tobey Maguire

Willoughby
Current Ranking: Only used by 6 boys last year
A great way to get to Will or honor a Will
Cool Connection: Jane Austen character John Willoughby

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Beautiful -by Baby Names

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There’s something sweet and approachable about names that end in –by.  Here are 20 beautiful and assessable choices for your little baBY.

Abby
Current Ranking: 437 for girls
A common nickname for Abigail, Abby would also be a great nickname for Abilene
Fun Fact: Abby Cadabby is a Sesame Street character

Ashby
Current Ranking: Only 23 girls and 17 boys were named Ashby last year
A fresh take on Ashley with a wholesome vibe
Fun Fact: TV and Radio Host Nancy O’Dell choose the name Ashby Grace for her daughter born in 2007

Barnaby
Current Ranking: less than 5 boys were given the name Barnaby last year
A form of the name Barnabas, Barnaby has never been in the Top 1,000
Fun Fact: Barnaby Tucker is one of the main characters in the musical Hello Dolly!

Colby
Current Ranking: 454 for boys
A fun sporty vibe, Colby is also the name of a cheese and a college
Fun Fact: Colby Donaldson was a contestant on the TV Show Survivor: The Australian Outback

Crosby
Current Ranking: 576 for boys
Equal parts hipster, old Hollywood, and rock and roll
Fun Fact: Dax Shepard played Crosby Braverman on TV’s Parenthood

Darby
Current Ranking: Only 110 girls and 27 boys were named Darby last year
A name sweetly associated with the 1959 film Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Fun Fact: Actor Patrick Dempsey chose the name Darby Galen for his son born in 2007

Gatsby
Current Ranking: Only 12 boys and 5 girls were named Gatsby last year
A fun name with the strong literary connection to F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Fun Fact: Actor Rex Smith has a son named Gatsby Richard who was born in 1999

Jacoby
Current Ranking: 655 for boys
A fun spin on the much more popular Jacob
Fun Fact: David Jacoby is an ESPN broadcaster and producer

Kelby
Current Ranking: Kelby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
A unisex name that could be the next Kelly
Fun Fact: Kelby Tomlinson is an American baseball player

Kirby
Current Ranking: Only 53 boys and 27 girls were named Kirby last year
Though more popular with boys, this one may soon be going to the girls
Fun Fact: Kirby Puckett is a hall-of-fame baseball player

Libby
Current Ranking: 995 for girls
Once a popular nickname for Elizabeth, Libby would also work well as a nickname for Liberty
Fun Fact: Willard Libby won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Moby
Current Ranking: Moby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
Moby-Dick is the name of the famed whale in Herman Melville’s famed novel Moby-Dick
Fun Fact: Moby is the stage name of singer songwriter Richard Melvin Hall

Quimby
Current Ranking: Quimby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
Quirky and fun, this one may work best on a pet
Fun Fact: Ramona Quimby is the delightful main character in Beverly Cleary’s Ramona book series

Rigby
Current Ranking: Only 31 boys and 9 girls were named Rigby last year
Another one that could be best on a pet and/or an intense Beatles fan
Fun Fact: Eleanor Rigby is the name of a song by The Beatles

Ruby
Current Ranking: 83 for girls
A lovely red name like Scarlet or Rose
Fun Fact: Ruby is the birthstone of July

Selby
Current Ranking: Only 9 girls and less than 5 boys were named Selby last year
Underused yet right on track with the surname trend
Fun Fact: Todd Selby is a photographer and fashion blogger

Shelby
Current Ranking: 299 for girls
A sweet Southern sound
Fun Fact: Julia Roberts played Shelby Eatenton in the film Steel Magnolias

Tibby
Current Ranking: Tibby was used by less than 5 boys or girls last year
A diminutive of Elizabeth, Tibby could also work well for Tabitha or even Tiberius
Fun Fact: Other spellings include Tibbi, Tibbie, Tibbee, and Tibeigh

Toby
Current Ranking: 689
Short for Tobias but holds its own on its own
Fun Fact: Actor Tobey Maguire (born Tobias) wears this name well with the added letter e

Willoughby
Current Ranking: 6 boys and less than 5 girls were named Willoughby last year
A fresh alternative to the popular William or Willow
Fun Fact: John Willoughby is a character in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

What are your favorite –by ending names?