Culvere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Culvere is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person bearing some fancied resemblance to a dove, such as mildness of temper. The surname Culvere 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]

Early Origins of the Culvere family

The surname Culvere 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] Geoffrey Kuluer was listed in a census dated 1215-1219 and Thomas Colvere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Kent in 1334. [2]

Early History of the Culvere family

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Culvere Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Culvere were recorded, including Culver, Culvere and others.

Early Notables of the Culvere family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Culvere family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Culvere family emigrate to North America: Edward Culver of Dedham, Massachusetts, was a wheelwright who settled there before 1640. He and his family moved to New London about 1653; W. B. Culver settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850.

  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) on Facebook
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