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Where did the French Talbot family come from? What is the French 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 surname Talbot is a ancient French surname that came from This name was devised in the region of Normandy.the ancient Germanic given name Talabert, meaning valley bright.


Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Talbot some of which are Talbot, Talbott, Talbout, Taleboth, Tallbot and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat in the seigneurie of Lesieux. The first on record was Guillaume Talbot, descended from Hugh, Bishop of Lisieux, and was surnamed Taleboth. He was the youngest son of Guillaume, Comte of Exmes and became the Comte de Eu. This Hugh Taleboth in 1035 granted a charter to the Trinité du Mont. He was one of the Barons who joined Duke William of Normandy in the invasion of England in 1066. He married the daughter of Gerard de Gournay, of the great Norman branch, thereby founding the great historical house of Talbot. Hugh Talbot was castellan of Plessis in Normandy in 1119, and the Norman branches flourished and were benefactors of the Abbeys of Holy Trinity, Rouen, St.-Lo Rouen, Beaubec, Valmont, Bival, St.-Victor-en-Caux, Le Tréport, and Longueville.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Talbot research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1373, 1429, 1453, 1705, and 1789 are included under the topic Early Talbot History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Talbot has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Talbot 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
  • Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot FRS (1803-1890), Welsh landowner and industrialist
  • Joby Talbot (b. 1971), British composer
  • Mary Anne Talbot (1778-1808), English woman who wore male attire to became a sailor during the Napoleonic wars
  • 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
  • William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype process
  • Byron Talbot (b. 1964), South African former professional tennis player



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

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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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