Colbeart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Colbeart 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 Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.
Early Origins of the Colbeart family
The surname Colbeart 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 Colbeart family
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Colbeart Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Culbert, Colbert, Culbertson, Colbertson, Culberts, Colberts, Coulbert, Culbart, Culbirt and many more.
Early Notables of the Colbeart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colbeart family to Ireland
Some of the Colbeart family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Colbeart family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Colbeart or a variant listed above: Symon Culberton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; John Culbert who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802; followed by George and Matthew in 1811.