Show ContentsColtman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Coltman name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the occupation "the coltman" or horse breeder. 1 2 3

Early Origins of the Coltman family

The surname Coltman was first found in Cumberland where Anote Coltman was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1332. Later, John le Coltman was listed in Cheshire in 1365. This latter entry underscores the occupational origin of the name as this entry literally translates as "John the Coltman."

The Writs of Parliament lists Geoffrey Coltman, 1313 and checking Yorkshire records we found Richard Coltman listed there in the Corpus Christi Guild (Surtees Society) in 1494. 1

Early History of the Coltman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coltman research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1703 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Coltman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coltman Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Coltman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Coltman include: Coltman, Coultman and others.

Early Notables of the Coltman family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • John Coltman of Cheshire

United States Coltman migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Coltman or a variant listed above:

Coltman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Coltman, aged 30, who landed in Virginia in 1610 aboard the ship "Noah" 4
  • Mrs. Ann Coltman, aged 25, who landed in Virginia in 1619 aboard the ship "London Merchant" 4
  • Henry Coltman, who landed in Virginia in 1622 4
  • Mrs. Coltman, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 4
  • John Coltman of Wethersfield who came from Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire, settled in Springfield Massachusetts in 1644
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Coltman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coltman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Sgt. John Coltman U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 5

Australia Coltman migration to Australia +

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

Coltman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Coltman, aged 28, a agriculturist, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 6
  • Marion Coltman, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 6
  • "Mrs. Elizabeth Coltman, (b. 1797), aged 31, English silk weaver who was convicted in Coventry, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia" 7
  • Charles Coltman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 8

Contemporary Notables of the name Coltman (post 1700) +

  • Robert Coltman Jr. (1862-1931), American physician
  • William Harold Coltman (1891-1974), English recipient of the Victoria Cross

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. 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. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook