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

The name Culberson was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.

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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 Culbert, Colbert, Culbertson, Colbertson, Culberts, Colberts, Coulbert, Culbart, Culbirt and many more.

First found in Cheshire and Lancashire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culberson research. Another 266 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1205, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Culberson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Culberson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Culberson 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.

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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 Culberson or a variant listed above were:

Culberson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Robert U Culberson, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1916
  • Victor Culberson, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Ernest W. Culberson, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919

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  • Charles Allen Culberson (1855-1925), American politician, the 21st Governor of Texas from 1895 to 1899
  • John Abney Culberson (b. 1956), American politician, U.S. Representative for Texas's 7th congressional district
  • Delbert Leon Culberson (1919-1989), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Quinton Culberson (b. 1985), American football linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos
  • Stephanie Marie Culberson, American beauty queen, Miss Tennessee USA 2004
  • Charles Edward Culberson (b. 1989), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Eric Culberson, American blues guitarist and singer/songwriter from Georgia


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  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Culberson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Culberson 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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