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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
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.".
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colbert research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1466, 1640, and 1778 are included under the topic Early Colbert History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Colbert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Colbert family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 286 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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
Colbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Colbert, aged 54, landed in New York in 1812
- Patrick Colbert, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
- Mary Colbert settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
- David Colbert settled in New York State in 1849
- Michl Colbert, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1854
Colbert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Colbert, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Colbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Benjamin Colbert arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
- Thomas Colbert arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
- Michael Colbert arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846
- Edmund Colbert, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet"
- Catherine Colbert, aged 23, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet"
- 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
- Mr. William F. Colbert (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
- Mrs. Helena M. Colbert (d. 1915), (née Sherlock), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- 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
- Robert Colbert (b. 1931), American actor
- James Joseph Colbert (b. 1941), American professional golfer
- Nathan Colbert Jr. (b. 1946), American first baseman
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:
Nec minus fortiterMotto Translation:
Not less bravely.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
- Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
- Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
The Colbert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colbert 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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