Colvard is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name for a person who tended cattle
Early Origins of the Colvard family
The surname Colvard was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first records of the name was Warin le Calvehird. The name was originally spelt Calbert or Caubert, having been derived from Abbeville, France and no doubt some of the family came to England
during the Conquest and seen by David de Calvert holding lands by knight service in Nottinghamshire
in 1203. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
would be the stronghold of the name as seen by the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 listing: Johanna Calfhird; Johannes Calvehyrd; and Magota Calvehird who were all listed in that shire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Colvard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colvard research.Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1563, 1579, 1632, 1605, 1675, 1637, 1715, 1679, 1715, 1606, 1647, 1688, 1734 and are included under the topic Early Colvard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colvard Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Colvard are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Colvard include Calvert, Calbert, Calverte, Calvart, Celvert, Kelvert, Kallvart, Kalvart, Callvert, Callbert, Cellvert, Calwert, Cavart, Cailvairt, Calwart and many more.
Early Notables of the Colvard family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was George Calvert, 1st Baron
Baltimore, 8th Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland (1579-1632), an English politician and colonizer, namesake of Baltimore, Maryland; Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron
Baltimore (1605-1675), an English peer, the first Proprietor and Proprietary Governor of the Province of Maryland, and... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colvard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colvard family to Ireland
Some of the Colvard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colvard family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Colvard, or a variant listed above: George Calvert who settled in Maryland in 1634; along with Leonard Calvert; Edward Calvert settled in Virginia in 1653; Margaret Calvert settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683.
Contemporary Notables of the name Colvard (post 1700)
- Dean Wallace Colvard (1913-2007), American academic, President of Mississippi State University (1960-1966), Chancellor of University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1966-1978)
The Colvard Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fatti masghii parole femine
Motto Translation: Deeds are masculine, words feminine.