Coull History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The tale of the name Coull begins with a family who 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 Coull family

The surname Coull 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 Coull family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coull 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 Coull History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coull Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Coull has been spelled Coull, Coul, Cowill, Cowell, Cull, Cowles, Cowl, Cowle and many more.

Early Notables of the Coull family (pre 1700)

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


United States Coull migration to the United States +

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Coull:

Coull Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Coull, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1773 [4]
Coull Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Coull, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1856
Coull Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alex D. Coull, aged 23, who landed in America from Montrose, Scotland, in 1909
  • Alexander Coull, aged 25, who settled in America from Morayshire, Scotland, in 1909
  • Charles Coull, aged 26, who landed in America from Montrose, Scotland, in 1909
  • Charles Coull, aged 28, who settled in America from Aberchirker, Scotland, in 1910
  • Clementina Coull, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Arbroath, Scotland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Coull (post 1700) +

  • Gary Coull (1954-2006), Canadian-born, American co-founder and chairman of CLSA, a brokerage house
  • Dr George Coull FRSE (1862-1936), Scottish pharmaceutical chemist, Managing Director of Raimes Clark & Co
  • Cynthia Coull (b. 1965), former Canadian singles and pairs figure skater
  • Roger Coull, first violin of the English string quartet "The Coull Quartet"


The Coull 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)


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