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The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Colt lived in the barony of Colt or Cult in Perthshire.


The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Colt 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colt research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1440 and 1835 are included under the topic Early Colt History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Colt:

Colt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Colt, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1625
  • John Colt settled in Massachusetts in 1633
  • William Colt, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Ellinor Colt, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • George Colt, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

Colt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • P Colt, aged 11, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Samuel Colt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Hiram Colt, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Colt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Colt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
  • Patrick Colt, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"


  • Johnny Colt (b. 1966), born Charles Brandt, an American bass guitar player, best known for his work with the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Alvin Colt (1916-2008), American Tony Award–winning costume designer
  • Henry Shapland "Harry" Colt (1869-1951), English golf course architect from Highgate, founder Member of the Royal & Ancient Rules of Golf Committee in 1897
  • Samuel Colt (1814-1862), founder of Colt's Manufacturing Company 1847. Colt held the patent on the revolver in 1835, but grew the business rapidly when the US Army ordered the now famous "Colt .45"


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 Colt Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Colt 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 24 February 2016 at 14:35.

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