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

Talbert is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Germanic personal name Talabert, meaning bright valley.


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was 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 Talbert 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 Talbert History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Talbert 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.


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Talbert or a variant listed above:

Talbert Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jno Talbert, who landed in Virginia in 1712

Talbert Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Louise Talbert, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1893

Talbert Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles H. Talbert, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Heinrich Talbert, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Joseph Talbert, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Frank Talbert, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Alexander Talbert, aged 33, who landed in America from Dalmuir, Scotland, in 1923


  • Bill Talbert (1918-1999), American professional tennis player
  • Charlie Talbert (b. 1978), American film actor
  • David E. Talbert, American playwright
  • Diron Talbert (b. 1944), American professional NFL football player
  • Don Talbert (b. 1939), American professional NFL football player
  • Florence Cole Talbert (1890-1961), American operatic soprano
  • Floyd Talbert (1923-1982), American soldier; one of the subjects of the book and television series Band of Brothers, recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star
  • Mary Burnett Talbert (1866-1923), American orator, suffragist and reformer
  • Richard Talbert (b. 1947), British-American historian, classicist, and professor
  • W. Jasper Talbert (1846-1931), American politician from South Carolina; U.S. representative 18931903



  • Some Southern Talberts by Eugene Talbert Aldridge.

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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  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  11. ...

The Talbert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Talbert 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.

This page was last modified on 27 August 2014 at 17:11.

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