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Culbreath is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Culbreath comes from the Norman first name Colbert or Culbert, which arrived in England in the 11th century.

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The surname Culbreath 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 Culbreath research. Another 266 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1205, and 1500 are included under the topic Early Culbreath History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Culbreath 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 Culbreath or a variant listed above were: Symon Culberton, who arrived in Virginia in 1664; John Culbert who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802; followed by George and Matthew in 1811.

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  • Harry C. Culbreath, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1936


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  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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