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The Dalriadan kingdom of ancient Scotland was the home of the ancestors of the Colter family. Their name indicates that they lived in or near Coulter in Lanarkshire or Aberdeenshire, in Scotland. The surname Colter is derived from the Gaelic phrase, cúl tir, which means, black land. Colter is therefore a local surname, of which there are many types. For instance, topographic surnames could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. In this case, the surname is both topographical, in that it comes from the phrase, black land, and local in the general sense, since it comes from the place-name, Coulter.

Colter Early Origins



The surname Colter was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Colter Spelling Variations


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Colter Spelling Variations



Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Colter include Coulter, Colter, Coalter, Coultere, Coultar, Coultur, Coltar, Coltur, Coltir, Coltire and many more.

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Colter Early History


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Colter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colter research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1226 and 1281 are included under the topic Early Colter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colter Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Colter In Ireland


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Colter In Ireland



Some of the Colter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 280 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Colter or a variant listed above include:

Colter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Colter, who arrived in New England in 1722

Colter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Oliver Colter, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Francis Colter, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • Timothy Colter, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844
  • John Colter, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844
  • S Colter, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Colter, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland

Colter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Colter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colter (post 1700)



  • John Colter (1774-1812), American member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Steve Colter (b. 1962), retired American professional basketball player
  • Mike Randal Colter (b. 1976), American actor
  • Jessi Colter (b. 1943), American country music artist
  • Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (1869-1958), American architect and designer
  • Thomas Henry Colter (b. 1850), Canadian farmer and politician in New Brunswick
  • Charles Wesley Colter (1846-1929), Canadian lawyer, publisher and politician in Ontario
  • Newton Ramsay Colter (1844-1917), Canadian physician and politician in New Brunswick
  • George Johnson Colter (1840-1915), Canadian farmer and politician in New Brunswick

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    3. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Colter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colter 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 26 October 2016 at 08:29.

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