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

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Cault was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Cault family lived in the barony of Colt or Cult in Perthshire.

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Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Cault has been spelled Coult, Colt, Cult, Culte, Colte, Coulte and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cault research. Another 146 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Cault History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Cault:

Cault Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Cault, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Transfigam
Motto Translation: I will transfix.

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

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:29.

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