Show ContentsCoulombe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Coulombe was first used in France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Coulombe family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Coulombe was an occupational name for a keeper of doves or pigeons having derived from the Old French word "colombe," which means dove.

Early Origins of the Coulombe family

The surname Coulombe was first found in Guyenne, where this distinguished family held a family seat since the 1100's.

By the early 1500's the family had branched into Quercy and Languedoc where Amanieu de Coulombe witnessed a document in 1506. His son founded the Jacobean convent in Bordeaux in 1530. Due to the family's impressive status in society, it formed many alliances with other noble families, such as in 1510, when the Colomb of Montregard of Puy family intermarried with the LaTour family and their descendants were known as De Colombe de LaTour, Viscounts of Goy. François de Colomb, Baron Latour, was the cousin of Hector, head of the Colombe de Montregard. Another branching of the Montregard family occurred when Jean de Colomb, Doctor of Law and Judge for the seneschal of Puy, and second son of François, became the Lord of Combres. His son, François, became a councillor to the King. Later generations of the family held titles of Baron de la Tour-Daniel, Beauzac, Lords of Mercuret, and Co-Lords of Saint-Haon. François de Colomb, Lieutenant of Viscount LeStrange, the Governor of Puy, was active in the defense of Puy against the Ligue and contributed greatly to the pacification of Velay for which he received special commendation from King Henri IV in 1594. In 1596 he became the King's Judge by proclamation and died in 1647 at the age of 100 years and 3 months. It should be noted that the average man died in his forties or fifties at this time. Jean de Colomb of the Forez branch of the family was registered in 1585. Descendants of all branches of the family served as councillors to the King and King's Court, as well as Presidents and First Council in Puy and their other domains.

Louis Coulombe, born in 1641, son of Jacques and Rolline, left France and travelled to Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans in Quebec, Canada, where he arrived on 30th September 1670. After arriving in Quebec he married Jeanne Foucault, daughter of Nicolas and Marguerite, at the end of 1670. 1

Early History of the Coulombe family

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Coulombe Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Coulombe, Colombe, Coulomb, Colomb, Columbe, Columb, Coloumb, Coloumbe, Coulumb, Coulumbe, Coulon, Coulons, Coulont, Coullombe, Coullomb, Coullon, Coullons, Coullont, Coullomb, Collombe, Collon and many more.

Early Notables of the Coulombe family

Notable amongst the name was Michel Colombe (c. 1430-c. 1513), a French sculptor whose work bridged the late Gothic and Renaissance styles; Jean Colombe (c. 1430-1493), a French miniature painter and illuminator of manuscripts; Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), the Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer, in 1492 he departed from Palos de la Frontera, the Santa María ran aground on Christmas Day 1492, he had to leave 39 men behind, in September 1493 he left with a fleet of 17 ships, his third voyage was in...
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Coulombe World Ranking

In the United States, the name Coulombe is the 6,878th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 2 However, in Canada, the name Coulombe is ranked the 430th most popular surname with an estimated 10,969 people with that name. 3 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Coulombe is the 158th popular surname. 4

United States Coulombe migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coulombe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Louis Philippe Coulombe, aged 20, who landed in America from Paris, in 1903
  • Joseph Coulombe, aged 25, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Virginie Coulombe, aged 70, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1914
  • Cetive Coulombe, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1914
  • Eugenie Coulombe, aged 36, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1920

Canada Coulombe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coulombe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Phillipe Coulombe, aged 44, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1916

Contemporary Notables of the name Coulombe (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Hardin "Joe" Coulombe (1930-2020), American entrepreneur and founder of the grocery store chain Trader Joe's in 1967
  • Charles A. Coulombe (b. 1960), American Catholic historian, author, journalist and lecturer
  • Clotilde Coulombe (1892-1985), Canadian pianist and Roman Catholic nun
  • Martine Coulombe, Canadian politician, elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in the 2010
  • Charles Jérémie Coulombe (1846-1937), Canadian physician and political figure
  • Benoit Coulombe (b. 1958), Canadian biochemist and molecular biologist
  • Patrick Coulombe (b. 1985), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman

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  4. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec, on Facebook