The ancestors of the bearers of the Colten family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in Colton. There are places named Colton in Staffordshire
and North Yokshire. Although the Staffordshire
origin is more common some families' names are derived from the Norfolk
Early Origins of the Colten family
The surname Colten was first found in Colton or Coulton, located in Staffordshire
, North Yorkshire
. The places had a variety of listings in the Domesday Book
including Coletuna (Norfolk), Coletune (North Yorkshire) and Coltone (Staffordshire.) However, the meaning of the place names were essentially the same: "farmstead of a man called Cola or Koli" having derived from the Old English or Old Scandinavian personal name
+ tun. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
placename was originally listed as Coleton in 1202, but its origins may have been much earlier.
Early History of the Colten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colten research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1126, 1371, 1235, 1296, 1320 and 1404 are included under the topic Early Colten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colten Spelling Variations
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 Colten include Colton, Coulton and others.
Early Notables of the Colten family (pre 1700)
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colten family to Ireland
Some of the Colten family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 49 words (4 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 Colten family to the New World and Oceana
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 Colten or a variant listed above:
Colten Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jonathan Colten, who landed in New England in 1752 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)