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Where did the English Colborn family come from? What is the English Colborn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Colborn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Colborn family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Colborn comes from when the family resided in Colburn, a village and civil parish near Catterick in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is from the place-name that the family name is derived.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Colborn include Colburn, Colburne, Colborne, Colbourne, Coulbourne, Colbourn, Cullburn, Colborn, Colbryn, Coulbryne, Culbourne, Cullburne and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where one of the first of the name on record was Geoffrey Colburn in 1208 who held estates in the North Riding of Yorkshire in the parish of Catterick, but historians conjecturally relate the name to Colbrand, a name which appeared in the Domesday Book in the county of Devon.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colborn research. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1386, 1693, 1622, 1701 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Colborn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colborn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Colborn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Colborn, aged 17, settled in New England in 1635

Colborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ernest Colborn, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Mrs. William F. Colborn, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1895
  • W.T. Colborn, aged 45, who landed in America from London, in 1897

Colborn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Annie Colborn, aged 31, who settled in America from Whittlesea, in 1905
  • Edwin Colborn, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Isabel Colborn, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mildred Colborn, aged 27, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • Wm. Colborn, aged 68, who settled in America, in 1909


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  • James William Colborn (b. 1946), American Major League Baseball player
  • Theodora Emily Colborn (1927-2014), née Decker, American founder and President Emeritus of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)


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The Colborn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colborn 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.

This page was last modified on 19 December 2014 at 14:46.

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