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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Culver come from its first bearer, who was a person bearing some fancied resemblance to a dove, such as mildness of temper. The surname Culver is derived from the Old English word culfre, which in turn came from the Late Latin word columbula; this is a derivative of columba, which means dove. The nickname culfre was also used as a term of endearment. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Culver Early Origins



The surname Culver was first found in Herefordshire where one of the first records of the name was William Culvere, or Culvert who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The same roll lists Jon Culvard, or Culverd, or Culvert in Oxfordshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Geoffrey Kuluer was listed in a census dated 1215-1219 and Thomas Colvere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Kent in 1334. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Culver Spelling Variations


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Culver Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Culver has been spelled many different ways, including Culver, Culvere and others.

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Culver Early History


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Culver Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culver research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Culver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Culver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Culver Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Culver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Culvers to arrive in North America:

Culver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Culver, who landed in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Edward Culver of Dedham, Massachusetts, was a wheelwright who settled there before 1640. He and his family moved to New London about 1653
  • Henry Culver, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Culver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Calvin Culver settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • W. B. Culver settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W Culver, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • A B Culver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Master Culver, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Culver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Rev. Jabez Culver, "Collver, Colver" U.E. (b. 1731) born in Groton, New London, Connecticut, USA from Sussex County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Windham, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada c. 1783 he died in 1818 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Timothy Culver, "Collver, Colver" Sr., U.E. (b. 1740) born in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA from Sussex County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Home District, Townsend [Norfolk], Long Point, Ontario c. 1795 he died in 1813 in Norfolk, Ontario, Canada [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Culver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Chester Culver, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Moses Culver, who landed in Canada in 1841

Culver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Culver, aged 25, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Clara"

Culver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Culver arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Culver (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Culver (post 1700)



  • Howard Culver (1918-1984), American radio and television actor, best known for his role as Howie Uzzell for radio and television versions of Gunsmoke
  • Andrew Culver, American founder of the Prospect Park and Coney Island Railroad
  • John C Culver, American lawyer and politician, Junior Senator from Iowa
  • John Culver (b. 1932), American politician
  • Harry Culver (1880-1946), American real-estate developer, founder of Culver City, California
  • Michael Culver (b. 1938), English actor, son of Roland Culver
  • Roland J Culver OBE (1900-1984), British Tony Award nominated actor from Highgate, London
  • Chester John "Chet" Culver (b. 1966), American politician, the 41st Governor of Iowa, founder of the Chet Culver Group, an energy sector consulting firm, in 2011
  • Ellsworth Culver (1927-2005), humanitarian/aid worker and co-founder of Mercy Corps International

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Suggested Readings for the name Culver


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Suggested Readings for the name Culver



  • Colver-Culver Family Genealogy by Valerie Dyer Giorgi.
  • Edward Culver, John Porter and Mary Estey: A Line of Descent from Two Puritans and a Salem Witch by Marilyn V. Squires Mills.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Culver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Culver 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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