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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...

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