Colthurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Colthurst family

The surname Colthurst was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire and held Warder Castle.

Early History of the Colthurst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colthurst research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Colthurst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colthurst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cotlhurst, Coulthurst, Colthirst, Colthearst and many more.

Early Notables of the Colthurst family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Colthurst family to Ireland

Some of the Colthurst family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Colthurst migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Colthurst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Colthurst, (b. 1816), aged 28, Irish tailor who was convicted in Limerick, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]


The Colthurst Motto +

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: Justum et tenacem
Motto Translation: Just and persevering.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/


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