Colbron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The rich and ancient history of the Colbron family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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 Colbron family
The surname Colbron 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.
Important Dates for the Colbron family
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Colbron Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Colbron have been found, including Colbrond, Colbron, Colbrand, Colbran and others.
Early Notables of the Colbron 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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Colbron migration to the United States
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Colbron, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Colbron Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William and his wife Marjorie Colbron who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
- William Colbron, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631 
- William Colbron, aged 16, who arrived in America in 1635 
Colbron Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Colbron, aged 57, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Vauban" from Southampton, England 
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ 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)
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QZ-TY9 : 6 December 2014), Charles Colbron, 24 Jan 1919; citing departure port Southampton, England, arrival port New York, ship name Vauban, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).