Colbourn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Colbourn is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived 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.

Early Origins of the Colbourn family

The surname Colbourn was 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.

Early History of the Colbourn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colbourn research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1386, 1693, 1622, 1701 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Colbourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colbourn Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Colbourn were recorded, including Colburn, Colburne, Colborne, Colbourne, Coulbourne, Colbourn, Cullburn, Colborn, Colbryn, Coulbryne, Culbourne, Cullburne and many more.

Early Notables of the Colbourn family (pre 1700)

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United States Colbourn migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Colbourn family emigrate to North America:

Colbourn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Colbourn, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1859 [1]

New Zealand Colbourn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Colbourn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Colbourn, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Eve Colbourn, aged 7, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mary Colbourn, aged 5, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Benjamin Colbourn, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Colbourn (post 1700) +

  • Harold Trevor Colbourn (1927-2015), Australian professor and academic administrator, 2nd President of the University of Central Florida (1978-1989)
  • Charles Joseph Colbourn (b. 1953), Canadian computer scientist and mathematician


  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)


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