When Sherman Dix Colby was born on 13 December 1814, in New Hampshire, United States, his father, Isaac Colby, was 34 and his mother, Ruth N. Colby, was 28. He married Martha W Crowell on 1 May 1845, in Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States in 1860 and Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States for about 10 years. He died on 17 March 1898, at the age of 83, and was buried in Horse Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States.
English (eastern): habitational name from Colby in Norfolk and Westmorland, Coleby in Lincolnshire, or Coulby Newham in the North Yorkshire. The Colby placename derives from the Old Norse personal name Koli (a byname for a swarthy person, from kol ‘(char)coal’) + Old Norse býr ‘settlement’.
Americanized form of Norwegian Kolby .
Americanized form of German Kolbe . Compare Kolby .