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The ancestors of the name Colby date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Colby, a parish in the county of Norfolk.

Colby Early Origins



The surname Colby was first found in Norfolk 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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Colby Spelling Variations


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Colby Spelling Variations



Colby has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Colby, Colbey, Coalby and others.

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Colby Early History


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Colby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colby research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colby Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Colby 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Colbys to arrive on North American shores:

Colby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Colby and his wife Susannah who settled at Salem Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anthony Colby, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Henry Colby settled in New England in 1633
  • Anne Colby settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Ann Colby, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Colby, who landed in Jamaica in 1709

Colby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M H Colby, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • R K Colby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • D Colby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • T Colby, who landed in San Francisco California in 1851
  • S B Colby, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colby (post 1700)



  • Bainbridge Colby (1869-1950), American lawyer, founder of the United States Progressive Party, Secretary of State for Woodrow Wilson
  • Everett Colby (1874-1943), American politician, member of the New Jersey Senate
  • Charles Carroll Colby PC (1827-1907), American-born, Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician
  • Carroll Burleigh "C.B." Colby (1904-1977), American children's book writer of over 93 books used in American public and school libraries
  • Anthony Colby (1792-1873), American businessman and politician, Governor of New Hampshire (1846-1847)
  • Barbara Colby (1940-1975), American actress tragically killed in a drive-by shooting
  • Anita Colby (1914-1972), born Anita Counihan, American actress
  • Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), American educator and writer
  • William E. Colby (1973-1976), American head of CIA
  • Thomas Frederick Colby (1784-1852), British major-general and director of the Ordnance Survey

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Colby Historic Events


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Colby Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Stephen R Colby (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Colonial Beach, Virginia, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Suggested Readings for the name Colby


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Suggested Readings for the name Colby



  • The Colby Family in Early America: Early Generations of the Descendants of Anthony Colby of Boston, Cambridge, Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, 1595-1661 by Frederick Lewis Weis.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Colby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 January 2016 at 19:32.

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