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

The name Couten originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from Cuthbert in the patronymic form where it was used as son of Cutt.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Couten has appeared include Cutting, Cudden, Cudding, Cuttin, Cutten, Cuttan, Cuddan, Cuddin, Cuddon, Cuding, Cuting, Cuden, Cutin, Cutine, Cudan, Cudane, Coudan, Couding, Coutting, Coutten, Couttan, Couttin, Cutton and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couten research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Couten History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Couten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Couten arrived in North America very early: Richard Cutting and his brother William were amongst the first settlers in the New World. They left from Ipswich England on the ship "Elizabeth" and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634.

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The Couten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Couten 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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