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Where did the English Coulton family come from? What is the English Coulton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coulton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coulton family history?

The origins of the Coulton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Colton. There are places named Colton in Staffordshire, Norfolk and North Yokshire. Although the Staffordshire origin is more common some families' names are derived from the Norfolk location.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Coulton were recorded, including Colton, Coulton and others.

First found in Colton or Coulton, located in Staffordshire, North Yorkshire, Norfolk and Cumbria. The places had a variety of listings in the Domesday Book including Coletuna (Norfolk), Coletune (North Yorkshire) and Coltone (Staffordshire.) However, the meaning of the place names were essentially the same: "farmstead of a man called Cola or Koli" having derived from the Old English or Old Scandinavian personal name + tun. [1] The Cumbria placename was originally listed as Coleton in 1202, but its origins may have been much earlier.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coulton research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1126, 1371, 1235, 1296, 1320 and 1404 are included under the topic Early Coulton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coulton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Coulton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Coulton family emigrate to North America:

Coulton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • An Coulton, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Coulton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • P Coulton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Jonathan Coulton (b. 1970), American singer-songwriter
  • Frank Coulton (1862-1929), English footballer who played from 1888 to 1893
  • Nicholas Guy Coulton, English clergyman, Provost of Newcastle (1990-2000)
  • Mark Maclean Coulton (b. 1958), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Parkes (2007-)
  • George Gordon "G. G." Coulton FBA (1858-1947), British historian, known for studies on medieval history, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge in 1919, and Fellow of the British Academy in 1929


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Coulton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coulton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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