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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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cool research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Cool History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cool Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • Theunis Bastiaensen Cool, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1663

Cool Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johan Ulrich Cool, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733

Cool Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Henry Cool, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Peter Cool, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Cool Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George Cool, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1901

Cool Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Cool, who landed in Canada in 1828

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  • 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


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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.

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The Cool Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cool 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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