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The name Colton is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Colton. There are places named Colton in Staffordshire, Norfolk and North Yokshire. Although the Staffordshire origin is more common some families' names are derived from the Norfolk location.

Colton Early Origins



The surname Colton was first found in Colton or Coulton, located in Staffordshire, North Yorkshire, Norfolk and Cumbria. 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The Cumbria placename was originally listed as Coleton in 1202, but its origins may have been much earlier.

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Colton Spelling Variations


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Colton Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Colton has been spelled many different ways, including Colton, Coulton and others.

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Colton Early History


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Colton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colton research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1126, 1371, 1235, 1296, 1320 and 1404 are included under the topic Early Colton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colton Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Colton In Ireland


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Colton In Ireland



Some of the Colton 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Coltons to arrive in North America:

Colton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Colton who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Niche Colton, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • George Colton, who landed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1644
  • Ann Colton, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Robert Colton, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Colton settled in Virginia in 1774
  • Henry Colton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1777

Colton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • B Colton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C Colton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Amos, Charles, James, John, Thomas, and William Colton all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870
  • William H Colton, who arrived in Arkansas in 1889

Colton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Ruby Colton, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • William Colton arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF Northumberland - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • Elizabeth Colton arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • John Colton arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • William Colton, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colton (post 1700)



  • Major-General Roger Baldwin Colton (1887-1978), American Air Communication Officer Air Technical Service Command (1944-1946)
  • Chevi Colton (b. 1921), American stage, film and television actress
  • Sabin Woolworth Colton (1847-1925), the only private individual to ever own a chair on both the Philadelphia and New York Stock Exchanges
  • Frank Benjamin Colton (1923-2003), American chemist
  • John Colton KCMG (1823-1902), Australian politician, Premier of South Australia and philanthropist
  • Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832), British cleric, writer and collector

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Colton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colton 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.

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