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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.

Colbran Early Origins



The surname Colbran was first found in Sussex where they 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.

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Colbran Spelling Variations


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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.

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Colbran Early History


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Colbran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colbran research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colbran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colbran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colbran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Colbran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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.

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