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The name Culberson was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.

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The surname Culberson was first found in Cheshire and Lancashire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Culbert, Colbert, Culbertson, Colbertson, Culberts, Colberts, Coulbert, Culbart, Culbirt and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culberson research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1205, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Culberson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Culberson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Culberson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Culberson or a variant listed above were:

Culberson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Robert U Culberson, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1916
  • Victor Culberson, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Ernest W. Culberson, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919

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  • Eric Culberson, American blues guitarist and singer/songwriter from Georgia
  • Charles Edward Culberson (b. 1989), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Stephanie Marie Culberson, American beauty queen, Miss Tennessee USA 2004
  • Quinton Culberson (b. 1985), American football linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos
  • Delbert Leon Culberson (1919-1989), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • John Abney Culberson (b. 1956), American politician, U.S. Representative for Texas's 7th congressional district
  • Charles Allen Culberson (1855-1925), American politician, the 21st Governor of Texas from 1895 to 1899
  • Robert U. Culberson, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, 1894-98
  • John Abney Culberson (b. 1956), American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 130th District, 1986-2000; Presidential Elector for Texas, 2000; U.S. Representative from Texas 7th District, 2001-
  • David Browning Culberson (1830-1900), American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1859; Member of Texas State Senate, 1873; U.S. Representative from Texas, 1875-97

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The Culberson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Culberson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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