Colter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Colter family

The surname Colter was first found in Baden, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Important Dates for the Colter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colter research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1786 is included under the topic Early Colter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Goltzer, Golzer, Golze, Goltzen, Goltser, Geltser, Geltsayer, Galzer, Coltzer, Colter and many more.

Early Notables of the Colter family (pre 1700)

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Colter migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Colter, who arrived in New England in 1722 [1]
Colter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Oliver Colter, who landed in New York in 1831 [1]
  • Francis Colter, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • Timothy Colter, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 [1]
  • John Colter, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 [1]
  • S Colter, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colter migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Colter, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Mrs. Margaret Colter, aged 56 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mr. Richard Colter, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but he died on board [2]

Colter migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Colter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. Colter, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • Mr. Patrick Colter, (b. 1864), aged 19, British settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1883 [3]
  • Miss Ellen Colter, (b. 1866), aged 17, British settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1883 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colter (post 1700)

  • John Colter (1774-1812), American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Steve Colter (b. 1962), retired American professional basketball player
  • Mike Randal Colter (b. 1976), American actor
  • Jessi Colter (b. 1943), American country music artist
  • Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (1869-1958), American architect and designer
  • Thomas Henry Colter (b. 1850), Canadian farmer and politician in New Brunswick
  • Charles Wesley Colter (1846-1929), Canadian lawyer, publisher and politician in Ontario
  • Newton Ramsay Colter (1844-1917), Canadian physician and politician in New Brunswick
  • George Johnson Colter (1840-1915), Canadian farmer and politician in New Brunswick
  • Randall Colter Bean (b. 1977), former Major League Baseball relief pitcher

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 69)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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