Culbert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Culbert is one of the names carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest in 1066. It is based on the Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.

Early Origins of the Culbert family

The surname Culbert 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.

Early History of the Culbert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culbert research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1205, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Culbert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Culbert Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Culbert, Colbert, Culbertson, Colbertson, Culberts, Colberts, Coulbert, Culbart, Culbirt and many more.

Early Notables of the Culbert family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Culbert family to Ireland

Some of the Culbert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Culbert migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Culbert or a variant listed above:

Culbert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Culbert, who arrived in New York in 1801 [1]
  • John Culbert who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Mathew Culbert, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]
  • George and Matthew Culbert, who landed in Philadelphia in 1811
  • George Culbert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Culbert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Culbert Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Donald Culbert U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [2]
Culbert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Anne Williams Culbert, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825

Australia Culbert migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Culbert Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Culbert, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Contemporary Notables of the name Culbert (post 1700) +

  • Sidney Spence Culbert (1913-2003), American linguist and psychologist
  • Noel Culbert, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 6th District, 1982 [3]
  • John Culbert, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Fulton and Hamilton counties, 1849 [3]
  • Frederic Paul Culbert, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Casablanca, 1943 [3]
  • Charles Lilly Culbert (1866-1943), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1916, 1924, 1928; Presidential Elector for California, 1940 [3]
  • Albert E. Culbert (1862-1939), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate 20th District, 1921-22 ; Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1928 [3]
  • Bill Culbert (b. 1935), New Zealand artist
  • John Culbert (1847-1915), Canadian merchant and politician in Ontario, representing Brockville in the Canadian House of Commons (1900 to 1904)
  • Willie Culbert, former Scottish footballer
  • David "Dave" Thomas Culbert (b. 1967), Australian silver medalist track and field athlete and sports commentator
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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