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Colburn Family History

Colburn Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place named with Old English col ‘cool’ + burna ‘stream’, as for example Colburn near Catterick in North Yorkshire.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Kilburn, Cliburn, Milburn, Cockburn, Colmer, Chadburn, Cobern

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Where is the Colburn family from?

You can see how Colburn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colburn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colburn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 73 Colburn families living in Massachusetts. This was about 24% of all the recorded Colburn's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Colburn families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Colburn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Colburn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Colburn. 18% of Colburn men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Colburn women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colburn were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 57,000 census records available for the last name Colburn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colburn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Colburn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Colburn. For the veterans among your Colburn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colburn lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Colburn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Colburn in 1950 was 58, and 73 in 2004.

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