Cool History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Cool family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in Coull, in Aberdeenshire. There is also another place so named, in the Highland Region, which may have independently given rise to this surname.

Early Origins of the Cool family

The surname Cool was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland in the parish of Coull.

"This place is supposed to have taken its name, which signifies a 'corner,' from its situation in the south-eastern extremity of the district of Cromar. " [1]

Coull Castle was an 13th-century castle to the south of Coull. Only traces of the castle can be found today.

Some of the first records of the family include: William de Cull who was one of the witnesses to a charter by John, Earl of Huntington to Norman filius Malcolm of the lands of Lesslyn etc., between 1219 and 1237; and John Cowl possessed a tenement in Glasgow in 1458. [2]

Further south in northern England, the Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332 listed John de Couhill, of Rishton, Lancashire; and John de Coule, of Blackburn, Lancashire, 1332. [3]

Early History of the Cool family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cool research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1567, 1479, 1481, 1567, 1554, 1611, 1554 and 1570 are included under the topic Early Cool History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cool Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Cool include Coull, Coul, Cowill, Cowell, Cull, Cowles, Cowl, Cowle and many more.

Early Notables of the Cool family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cool Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cool migration to the United States +

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Cool:

Cool Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jacob Barentsen Cool, who arrived in New York in 1660 [4]
  • Theunis Bastiaensen Cool, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663 [4]
Cool Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Ulrich Cool, aged 30, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [4]
Cool Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Cool, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [4]
  • Peter Cool, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [4]
Cool Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Cool, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1901 [4]

Canada Cool migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cool Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Cool, who landed in Canada in 1828

Contemporary Notables of the name Cool (post 1700) +

  • David Cool (b. 1969), former American Arena Football League player
  • Julien Cool (b. 1947), Belgian football player
  • André H.P. Cool (1927-1991), Belgian socialist politician
  • Fabien 'The Cool' Cool (b. 1972), former French football goalkeeper
  • Phil Cool, English comedian, impressionist and musician
  • Cleo Cool Schneider, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1932 [5]


The Cool 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: Cole Deum
Motto Translation: Worship God.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  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)
  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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