Coltart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Coltart family

The surname Coltart 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.)

"Explained as from Coltard-Colt herd, Old English colt + hierde. Of the Coultharts of Galloway a ridiculous genealogy has been published, in which the family are traced to one Coulthartus, a Roman soldier who fought in the battle of Mons Graupius." [1]

We prefer to say that this legendary origin is in question and while the phonetic comparison is undeniable, we concur that this origin of the name is quite dubious. One source claims the name was actually an occupational name as in 'the coltherd' [2] and another claims the name is from Coudhart, a village in the department of Orne, of Argentan in Normandy. [3]

Early History of the Coltart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coltart research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1467, 1619, 1627, 1666, 1684, 1663, 1686, 1687, 1530, 1602 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Coltart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coltart Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Coltart has appeared as Coltart, Colthart, Colthard, Colthert, Coltert, Coulthard and many more.

Early Notables of the Coltart family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coltart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Coltart migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Coltart Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Coltart who arrived in Philadelphia in 1841
  • Robert Coltart, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [4]
  • J C Coltart, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
Coltart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William Coltart, aged 48, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "City of Marseilles" from Bombay, India [5]
  • Robert S Coltart, aged 45, originally from Montreal, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Lapland" from Southampton, England [6]
  • Georgina Coltart, aged 25, originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • James Coltart, aged 44, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in NEW YORK in 1921 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coltart (post 1700) +

  • Andrew John Coltart (b. 1970), Scottish professional golfer and TV commentator
  • Nina Coltart (1927-1997), British psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, and essayist
  • David Coltart (b. 1957), Zimbabwean lawyer, Christian leader and politician, Minister of Education, Sport and Culture of Zimbabwe (2009-2013)


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H8-BP6 : 6 December 2014), William Coltart, 17 Dec 1920; citing departure port Bombay, India, arrival port New York, ship name City of Marseilles, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C1-ZJQ : 6 December 2014), Robert S Coltart, 28 Mar 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Lapland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FH-FZW : 6 December 2014), Georgina Coltart, 27 Aug 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KK-PQQ : 6 December 2014), James Coltart, 22 Nov 1921; citing departure port LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, arrival port NEW YORK, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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