Origins of surname
We have no confirmation of the origin of this surname, but there are two suggestions, one French and the other English.
Colback is an ancient French word for an elaborate military coiffure, so may have been given to someone sporting a fancy hairstyle.
It is probably more likely, given that the Jersey family seems to have originated in England, that it is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived near a cold stream. The surname is derived from the old English word ceald, which means 'cold', and the old Norse word bekkr, which means 'stream'.
The earliest record we have found in Jersey is the baptism of George Colback, the son of John and Margaret Kinchild in St Helier in 1753. There is no obvious link to this record and the baptisms of Jacques Colback and Elizabeth Gruchy's six children, which follow from 1784 to 1793. Jacques would appear to be the ancestor of the Colbacks in Jersey today. Although he is shown as Jacques in the St John baptism register, the St Saviour marriage register showed him as James when he married Elizabeth there in 1784. The register shows James of being from the parish of St John, but the 1841 census return for James and Elizabeth, both 85, show that he was born in England.
- Colback baptisms in Jersey
- Colback marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Colback marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Colback burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Alfred John Colback (1885- ) (Tr) Son of James and Mary, Private, RASC
These wills created by members of the Colback family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Colback : Alfred John , son of James, of 12, Journeaux Street, St Helier - 24/Oct/1923 , 28/Jun/1957 , D/Y/B1/42/52
- Colback : Alice Julia , nee Le Brun, widow of George Pallot Colback, of 1, Simon Cottages, Tunnel Street, St Helier - 24/Apr/1957 , 27/Feb/1965 , D/Y/B1/84/39
- Colback : Ernest Philip , of Wyngarth, Rue du Bocage, St Peter and formerly of Le Petit Feugrel, St John - 23/Mar/1976 , 27/Oct/1978 , D/Y/B1/288/24
- Colback : George , St Helier 19/07/ 1928 Bequeaths to James Edward Colback the property 99 St Saviours Road, St Helier - Unknown date , 03/Mar/1932 , D/Y/A/92/107
- Colback : George Pallot , Centre House, St Mark's Road, St Helier - 12/Apr/1912 , 08/Nov/1918 , D/Y/A/78/94
- Colback : Marie , of St John 04/10/1855 Bequeaths to the poor of St John, 5s - Unknown date , 27/Oct/1855 , D/Y/A/28/147
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