The Colbrand name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Colbrand is derived from the Old Norse personal name Kolbrandr
and the Old Swedish forename Kolbrand.
The names Colbrand
appeared in the Domesday Book
survey of 1086. CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
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
Early Origins of the Colbrand family
The surname Colbrand 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 Colbrand family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colbrand research.Another 206 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1600, 1571, 1572, 1597, 1627, 1640, 1664 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Colbrand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colbrand 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 Colbrand were recorded, including Colbrond, Colbron, Colbrand, Colbran and others.
Early Notables of the Colbrand 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... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colbrand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colbrand family to Ireland
Some of the Colbrand family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colbrand family to the New World and Oceana
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 Colbrand family emigrate to North America: William and his wife Marjorie Colbron who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.
Contemporary Notables of the name Colbrand (post 1700)
- Sir Robert Colbrand (d. 1709), 5th Baronet of Boreham in the County of Sussex; he was the last of the line of baronets that dated back to Sir John Colbrand, 1st Baronet