Cobard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Cobard is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Cobard family when they emigrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Cobard comes from the Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.
Early Origins of the Cobard family
The surname Cobard was 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.
Early History of the Cobard family
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Cobard Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cobard were recorded, including Culbert, Colbert, Culbertson, Colbertson, Culberts, Colberts, Coulbert, Culbart, Culbirt and many more.
Early Notables of the Cobard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cobard family to Ireland
Some of the Cobard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cobard family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cobard arrived in North America very early: Symon Culberton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; John Culbert who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802; followed by George and Matthew in 1811.