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Where did the English Colbert family come from? What is the English Colbert family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Colbert family history?Colbert is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Colbert comes from the Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Culbert, Colbert, Culbertson, Colbertson, Culberts, Colberts, Coulbert, Culbart, Culbirt and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colbert research. Another 266 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1205, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Colbert History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Colbert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Colbert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Colbert name or one of its variants:
Colbert Settlers in the 18th Century
Colbert Settlers in the 19th Century
The Colbert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colbert 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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