Colbran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the name Colbran are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Old Norse personal name Kolbrandr and the Old Swedish forename Kolbrand. The names Colbrand and Colebran appeared in the Domesday Book survey of 1086.  Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became Anglo-Saxon surnames.
Early Origins of the Colbran family
The surname Colbran was first found in Sussex where the family held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Colbrand (Colbron) was a legendary giant from English folklore. Some sources claim he was a Viking giant. According to legend, Guy of Warwick defeated him to prove his love for Lady Felice. The legend dates back to at least the 13th century and was even popular into Shakespearean times when he mentions Colbrand in Henry VIII and King John.
By the 18th century, Colbrand became a nickname for someone of considerable size or strength.
Early History of the Colbran family
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Colbran Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Colbran has been spelled many different ways, including Colbrond, Colbron, Colbrand, Colbran and others.
Early Notables of the Colbran family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: James Colbrand (c. 1544-1600), of Chichester, Sussex, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Ludgershall in 1571 and 1572 and for Appleby 1597. Continuing the line was Sir John...
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Migration of the Colbran family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Colbrans to arrive in North America: William and his wife Marjorie Colbron who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.
Historic Events for the Colbran family +
Air New Zealand Flight 901
- Miss. Yvonne Louise Colbran (1934-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash 
- Mr. Cyril Bernard Colbran (1930-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash 
HMS Royal Oak
- Percy Colbran (1901-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Fleet Reserve aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking 
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