Show ContentsCulbertson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Culbertson reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Culbertson family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Culbertson is based on the Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.

Early Origins of the Culbertson family

The surname Culbertson 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 Culbertson family

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Culbertson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Culbertson has been recorded under many different variations, including Culbert, Colbert, Culbertson, Colbertson, Culberts, Colberts, Coulbert, Culbart, Culbirt and many more.

Early Notables of the Culbertson family

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Culbertson Ranking

In the United States, the name Culbertson is the 3,227th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 1

Ireland Migration of the Culbertson family to Ireland

Some of the Culbertson 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 Culbertson migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Culbertsons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Culbertson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ralph Culbertson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799 2
Culbertson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Culbertson, aged 22, who landed in Maryland in 1812 2
  • I D Culbertson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 2
  • Alexander, Andrew, Allen, Hamilton, Hugh, George, James, Jane, Moses, Robert, William and Wilson Culbertson all, who landed in Philadelphia between 1832 and 1878

Australia Culbertson migration to Australia +

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

Culbertson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alfred John Culbertson, aged 22, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Culbertson (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Albert Ludlum Culbertson (1884-1956), American Commanding Officer 66th Infantry Brigade (1940-1942) 4
  • Boatswain Mate First Class Edgar Culbertson (1935-1967), American Coast Guardsman awarded the Coast Guard Medal for his heroism in trying to save the lives of three teenagers, only to lose his own life in the attempt 5
  • Steven Culbertson (b. 1957), President and Chief Executive Officer of Youth Service America (1996-)
  • Frank Lee Culbertson Jr. (b. 1949), former NASA astronaut and commander of the international space station with over 146 days in space 6
  • Ely Culbertson (1891-1955), American Contract bridge expert and 3 time winner of the North American Bridge Championship
  • William Constantine Culbertson (1825-1906), Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Omer W. Culbertson, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • E. E. Culbertson, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1950 7
  • D. Frank Culbertson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1924 7
  • Charles W. Culbertson, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Brazil, Indiana, 1926-34 7
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Culbertson +

  • Descendants and Ancestors of Washington Hardy and His Wife Sophia Culbertson by Floyd R. Brisack.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved
  4. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Albert Culbertson. Retrieved from
  5. Edgar Culbertson. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Edgar Culbertson. Retrieved from
  6. NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Frank Culbertson. Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook