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Where did the English Talbot family come from? What is the English Talbot family crest and coat of arms? When did the Talbot family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Talbot family history?

The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Talbot name is derived from the Germanic personal name Talabert, meaning bright valley.


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Talbot, Talbott, Talbut, Talbart, Talbert and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Talbot research. Another 301 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1384, 1453, 1417, 1460, 1456, 1458, 1457, 1630, 1714, 1623, 1667, 1642, 1702, 1659, 1668, 1660, 1718, 1710, 1715, 1714, 1633, 1630, 1691, 1620, 1680 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Talbot History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 319 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Talbot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Talbot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Talbot or a variant listed above were:

Talbot Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • William Talbot, who landed in America in 1620
  • Christopher Talbot settled in New England in 1663
  • Rich Talbot, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Richard Talbot, who arrived in Maryland in 1673
  • George Talbot, who arrived in Maryland in 1674

Talbot Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Benedict Talbot, who arrived in Virginia in 1703

Talbot Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel W Talbot, aged 15, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Talbot, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1818
  • Ellen Talbot, aged 25, landed in America in 1821
  • Matthew Talbot, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Hermensgildo Talbot, who landed in Mississippi in 1845


  • Arthur Newell Talbot (1857-1942), American civil engineer considered to be a pioneer in the field of reinforced concrete
  • David Talbot (b. 1951), American progressive journalist, bestselling author and media entrepreneur
  • Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot (1897-1918), the first United States Marine Corps aviator to receive the Medal of Honor
  • Mary Anne Talbot (1778-1808), English woman who wore male attire to became a sailor during the Napoleonic wars
  • Brian Ernest Talbot (b. 1953), former English football manager and former player
  • Mr. George Frederick Charles. Talbot (d. 1912), aged 27, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot FRS (1803-1890), Welsh landowner and industrialist
  • Joby Talbot (b. 1971), British composer
  • Connie Talbot (b. 2000), English child singer
  • Major Charles Henry John Chetwynd- Talbot (1860-1921), 20th Earl of Shrewsbury, 20th Earl of Waterford, 5th Earl Talbot, British peer, financier of the Talbot automobile in 1903



  • Some Southern Talberts by Eugene Talbert Aldridge.
  • New England Colonial Families by Helen H. Lane.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Prest d'accomplir
Motto Translation: Ready to accomplish.


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The Talbot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Talbot Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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