name Coleboyrne comes from when the family resided in Colburn, a village and civil parish near Catterick in the North Riding of
. It is from the place-name that the family name is derived.
where one of the first of the name on record was Geoffrey Colburn in 1208 who held estates in the North Riding of
in the parish of Catterick, but historians conjecturally relate the name to Colbrand, a name which appeared in the
in the county of Devon.
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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Coleboyrne has been recorded under many different variations, including Colburn, Colburne, Colborne, Colbourne, Coulbourne, Colbourn, Cullburn, Colborn, Colbryn, Coulbryne, Culbourne, Cullburne and many more.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coleboyrne or a variant listed above: William Colburn of Boston who came in Winthrop's fleet in 1630. He was elected Deacon and ruling elder of the Colony's Church. John Colburn of Dedham, Massachusetts, settled in 1640 and had five sons.