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

The ancestors of the bearers of the Colquitt family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Newcastle. The name means "at the coal pits," and is found in the area around the great coal mines in Newcastle and the surrounding area in Shropshire.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Colquitt include Colpitts, Coldpitts, Colquit, Colquite, Colquitt, Colquits, Collpotts and many more.

First found in Durham, where they held a family seat. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colquitt research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1576 is included under the topic Early Colquitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Colquitt or a variant listed above:

Colquitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Nancy J. Colquitt, aged 19, who arrived in America in 1894

Colquitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Colquitt, aged 26, who arrived in America from Golbom, Lancashire, England, in 1911
  • William Stanley Ore Colquitt, aged 24, who arrived in America from Douglas, Isle of Man, in 1911
  • Harry Colquitt, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1918
  • William Colquitt, aged 26, who arrived in America from Whitehaven, England, in 1920

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  • Peyton H. Colquitt (1831-1863), American Confederate Officer killed at the Battle of Chickamauga
  • Betsy Colquitt (b. 1927), American poet
  • Joseph Craig Colquitt (b. 1954), retired American NFL football punter
  • Oscar Branch Colquitt (1861-1940), American politician, 25th Governor of Texas (1911 to 1915)
  • Jerry Colquitt (b. 1972), retired American NFL football player and coach
  • Walter Terry Colquitt (1799-1855), American lawyer, circuit-riding Methodist preacher, United States Representative and Senator from Georgia
  • Dustin Farr Colquitt (b. 1982), American NFL football punter
  • Britton Colquitt (b. 1985), American NFL football punter
  • Alfred Holt Colquitt (1824-1894), American lawyer, preacher, soldier, 49th Governor of Georgia


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