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Coltrain Surname History

Early Origins of the Coltrain family

The surname Coltrain was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Coltrain family

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Coltrain Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Coltrain has appeared as Coltart, Colthart, Colthard, Colthert, Coltert, Coulthard and many more.

Early Notables of the Coltrain family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Coltrain family to the New World and Oceana

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Coltrain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. Coltrain, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1894

Contemporary Notables of the name Coltrain (post 1700)

  • Michael Coltrain, American pool payer for Team USA at the 1999 and 2000 Acclaim Mosconi Cup

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