Selby - boys name

Selby name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 37%

Selby name meaning:

The name Selby is of English origin and is typically used as a surname that has been adapted as a given name for boys. It carries a rich history and several theories regarding its meaning. One possible meaning of Selby is "dweller by the willow farm" or "settlement by the willow trees." The name Selby is derived from the Old Norse words "selja" meaning "willow" and "by" meaning "farm" or "settlement." This interpretation suggests a connection to nature and a sense of belonging to a specific place.

Another theory proposes that Selby is a variation of the Old Norse name "Sæbi" or "Sæby," meaning "sea-fortress" or "sea-settlement." This interpretation highlights a potential association with the sea and maritime activities.

Overall, the name Selby exudes a sense of rootedness in nature and a connection to a specific place. It carries a certain charm and uniqueness, evoking visions of willow trees or a coastal fortress.

Origin: English

Willow farm. From the manor house.


Unisex names

Other boys names beginning with S


Overall UK ranking: 3017 out of 4789

6 recorded births last year

Change in rank

  • 10yrs

  • 5yrs

  • 1yr


    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

Historical popularity of Selby

The graph below shows the popularity of the boys's name Selby from all the UK baby name statistics available. It's a quick easy way to see the trend for Selby in 2024