Coleburn is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Coleburn family once lived in Colburn, a village and civil parish near Catterick in the North Riding of Yorkshire
. It is from the place-name that the family name is derived.
Early Origins of the Coleburn family
The surname Coleburn was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first of the name on record was Geoffrey Colburn in 1208 who held estates in the North Riding of Yorkshire
in the parish of Catterick, but historians conjecturally relate the name to Colbrand, a name which appeared in the Domesday Book
in the county of Devon.
Early History of the Coleburn family
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Coleburn Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Coleburn family name include Colburn, Colburne, Colborne, Colbourne, Coulbourne, Colbourn, Cullburn, Colborn, Colbryn, Coulbryne, Culbourne, Cullburne and many more.
Early Notables of the Coleburn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coleburn family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, 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 Coleburn surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.