Last name: Colbert

This unusual and interesting surname is English, sometimes Scottish and in post medieval times, French! It derives from the Old English pre 7th century personal name Coel-beort translating as "cool-bright". It is first recorded as Colbert in the famous Domesday Book of England in 1086, and in the counties of Devonshire, Cheshire, and Lincolnshire. The surname is early 13th Century (see below), and spellings of the surname include Colbert, Colebert, Coleberte, Colberd, Coleburt, Colburt, and in Scotland Colbert, Culbard, Colbaird, and Colbard. Early examples from surving church records include the christenings of Thomas Colbert, on October 23rd 1616 at St. Dunstan's in the East, Stepney, and Elizabeth Coleberte on June 25th 1620 also at St. Dunstan's. Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619 - 1683) was a French statesman whose family originated from Scotland. He was the chief minister to King Louis X1V, and was responsible for reforming the French navy and merchant fleet, as well as building roads and canals. A coat of arms granted to Count de Colbert of France, in 1723, has the blazon of a gold shield charged with a black snake, in pale. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Colbert. This was dated 1205, in the Pipe Rolls of Devonshire, during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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David Kolbert

Hallo from Czech Republic :-)

dorian colbert

hello from california

Maureen Colbert
Hi from Wisconsin

Robert Burgess, born Robert Colbert
Hello from Texas.

Haily Colbert
Hi from North Carolina

Michael colbert
Hi from Az/il

I'm from Texas

Tierre Colbert
HI I am from Texas and I serve in the Untied States Army

We are from France. Some variant is "de Colbert".

Pamela Hood Symes
I am from Memphis TN and my mother my was a Colbert her name was Ruth. Her and her Colbert came from Hardin County Tennessee by way of France.

Michael Colbert
Hey my name is Michael Colbert from Chicago IL

Paul colbert
Hi greatings from the UK.

Colleen Colbert
My father is costila colbert but change his name to Thomas Colbert when he went in to the Navy he was born in Dawson Georgia looking for family members

Glenn Colbert
Hi from Australia. My Great great grandfather came to Australia from France.

Terry R Colbert
I come from a clan of Colberts in Southern Illinois who migrated from Elbert County, GA ~1806. Looking for Colbert males to do Y-DNA test to find relatives that might know family history prior to 1800.

Robert Burgess-originally Colbert. Adopted.
I'm trying to locate siblings. Mother-Doris McGraw, father-William Colbert.

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