Colver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Colver is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person bearing some fancied resemblance to a dove, such as mildness of temper. The surname Colver is derived from the Old English word culfre, which in turn came from the Late Latin word columbula; this is a derivative of columba, which means dove. The nickname culfre was also used as a term of endearment. [1]

Early Origins of the Colver family

The surname Colver was first found in Herefordshire where one of the first records of the name was William Culvere, or Culvert who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same roll lists Jon Culvard, or Culverd, or Culvert in Oxfordshire. [1] Geoffrey Kuluer was listed in a census dated 1215-1219 and Thomas Colvere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Kent in 1334. [2]

Early History of the Colver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colver research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Colver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colver Spelling Variations

Colver has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Colver have been found, including Culver, Culvere and others.

Early Notables of the Colver family (pre 1700)

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United States Colver migration to the United States +

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 Colvers to arrive on North American shores:

Colver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Colver, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [3]
  • Daniel Colver, who landed in Virginia in 1722 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colver (post 1700) +

  • Colver Gross, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952 [4]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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