Coltrane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Coltrane family
The surname Coltrane was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway.)
"Explained as from Coltard-Colt herd, Old English colt + hierde. Of the Coultharts of Galloway a ridiculous genealogy has been published, in which the family are traced to one Coulthartus, a Roman soldier who fought in the battle of Mons Graupius." 
We prefer to say that this legendary origin is in question and while the phonetic comparison is undeniable, we concur that this origin of the name is quite dubious. One source claims the name was actually an occupational name as in 'the coltherd'  and another claims the name is from Coudhart, a village in the department of Orne, of Argentan in Normandy. 
Early History of the Coltrane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coltrane research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1467, 1619, 1627, 1666, 1684, 1663, 1686, 1687, 1530, 1602 and 1657 are included under the topic Early Coltrane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coltrane Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Coltrane has been spelled Coltart, Colthart, Colthard, Colthert, Coltert, Coulthard and many more.
Early Notables of the Coltrane family (pre 1700)
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Coltrane migration to the United States +
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:
Coltrane Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Katherine Coltrane, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Vasari" from River Plate 
- Morrison Coltrane, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Cherbourg, France 
Contemporary Notables of the name Coltrane (post 1700) +
- John William Coltrane (1926-1967), American saxophonist awarded a special citation in 2007 by the Pulitzer Prize jury
- Robbie Coltrane OBE (b. 1950), Scottish actor, comedian and author
Related Stories +
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ4C-23F : 6 December 2014), Katherine Coltrane, 30 Jan 1916; citing departure port River Plate, arrival port New York, ship name Vasari, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN7Q-DMS : 6 December 2014), Morrison Coltrane, 08 Apr 1924; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).