Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It 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 Colbrane family
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.
Early History of the Colbrane family
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Colbrane Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Colbrane family name include Colbrond, Colbron, Colbrand, Colbran and others.
Early Notables of the Colbrane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colbrane family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Colbrane surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William and his wife Marjorie Colbron who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.
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