Colqhoun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Colqhoun is a name that dates back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was given to someone who lived in the former Aberdeenshire, derived from the Gaelic còil or cùil, which means "nook" or "corner." Colquhoun is properly pronounced "Ko-hoon."

Early Origins of the Colqhoun family

The surname Colqhoun was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire where they held a seat at Luss and possessed vast manors and elegant estates. Although not formally recognized before the 11th century (the Clan system was not developed until the reign of King Malcolm Ceanmore and his second wife, Margaret) this Clan has a unified history that may well precede that time. It is believed that they occupied this area well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD. According to Clan tradition, the Calhoun Clan is descended from an early Celtic priest named St. Kessog who lived in Glen Luss, the Monks' Isle in Loch Lomond.

Early History of the Colqhoun family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colqhoun research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1241, 1602, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Colqhoun History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colqhoun Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Colqhoun has been spelled Colquhoun, Colhoun, Colhoon, Cahoun, Cohoun, Cahoon, Cohoon, Culquhoun, Cahune, Cohune, Cowquhone, Colquhone, Culquhown, Cahoone, Calhoun, Kalhoun, Kulhoun, Kolhoun, Calhoon, Calloon, Culloone, Collune and many more.

Early Notables of the Colqhoun family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Colqhoun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Colqhoun family to Ireland

Some of the Colqhoun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Colqhoun family

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Colqhoun or a variant listed above: Mary Cahoone who settled in New York in 1803; John Colquhoon settled in Boston Mass in 1651; Archibald Colquhoon and his wife Anne settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1775.


Contemporary Notables of the name Colqhoun (post 1700) +


    HMS Repulse
    • Mr. Robert Colqhoun, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [1]


    The Colqhoun Motto +

    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: Si je puis
    Motto Translation: If I can


    1. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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