Colbert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient name Colbert was first used by the Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name is derived from an Old English personal name meaning bright champion.

Early Origins of the Colbert family

The surname Colbert was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They were descended from Saint Cuthbert of Landisfarne in Northumberland. The name Kirkcudbright literally means "Cuthbert's Church.".

Important Dates for the Colbert family

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Colbert Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Colbert has appeared as Cuthbert, Cudbert, Cuthberd, Cudberd, Cuthburst, Cuthburt, Cudburt and many more.

Early Notables of the Colbert family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Colbert family to Ireland

Some of the Colbert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colbert migration to the United States

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Colbert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Colbert, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702 [1]
Colbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Colbert, aged 54, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Patrick Colbert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Mary Colbert, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • David Colbert, who settled in New York State in 1849
  • Michael Colbert, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colbert migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colbert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Colbert, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Mrs. Ellen Colbert, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Mrs. Johanna Colbert, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Francis" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Grace Colbert who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Goliah" departing 21st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 18th July 1847 but she died on board [3]

Colbert migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Colbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Colbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [4]
  • Thomas Colbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [5]
  • Michael Colbert, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [5]
  • Edmund Colbert, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet" [6]
  • Catherine Colbert, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Colbert (post 1700)

  • Stephen Tyrone Colbert (b. 1964), American five-time Primetime Emmy Award winning political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor, best known as the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report
  • Robert Colbert (b. 1931), American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Doug Phillips on the ABC television series The Time Tunnel
  • Nathan Colbert Jr. (b. 1946), American Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1966 to 1976
  • Claudette Colbert (1903-1996), American Academy Award winning and two-time Academy Award nominated stage and film actress; she was the industry's highest-paid star in 1938 and 1942
  • Tom Colbert (b. 1949), American Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • Richard Gary Colbert (1915-1973), American four-star admiral in the United States Navy
  • Craig Charles Colbert (b. 1965), former American Major League Baseball catcher
  • Patrick Keary Jerel Colbert (b. 1982), professional American football player
  • James Joseph Colbert (b. 1941), American professional golfer
  • Edwin Harris Colbert (1905-2001), distinguished American vertebrate paleontologist
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Colbert family

Halifax Explosion
  • Ms. Hattie Colbert (1824-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William F. Colbert, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [8]
  • Mrs. Helena M. Colbert, (née Sherlock), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Patrick Colbert (d. 1912), aged 24, Irish Third Class passenger from Kilkinlea, Limerick who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 19)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 69)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Isle of Thanet 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/isleofthanet1854.shtml.
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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