Colbourn Surname Origin
1. Dweller at (a) the Cold Brook [Old English cald/ceald + burne] (b) the Black Brook [Old English col (coal-) black] 2. the Domesday Colebern, probably for the Norse Kolbjorn [Old Norse bjorn, a bear: the first element is somewhat doubtful, either Old Norse kjoll = Old English ceol, a ship, or Old Norse kol = Old English col (coal-) black].
Source: Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary; Henry Harrison; Vol.1 & 2.; The Eaton Press, 190 Ebury Street, London, S.W; 1912.
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