Show ContentsCoulon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

During that dark period of history known as the Middle Ages, the name of Coulon was first used in France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Coulon family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Coulon was an occupational name for a keeper of doves or pigeons having derived from the Old French word "colombe," which means dove.

Early Origins of the Coulon family

The surname Coulon was first found in Guyenne, where this distinguished family held a family seat since the 1100's.

By the early 1500's the family had branched into Quercy and Languedoc where Amanieu de Coulombe witnessed a document in 1506. His son founded the Jacobean convent in Bordeaux in 1530. Due to the family's impressive status in society, it formed many alliances with other noble families, such as in 1510, when the Colomb of Montregard of Puy family intermarried with the LaTour family and their descendants were known as De Colombe de LaTour, Viscounts of Goy. François de Colomb, Baron Latour, was the cousin of Hector, head of the Colombe de Montregard. Another branching of the Montregard family occurred when Jean de Colomb, Doctor of Law and Judge for the seneschal of Puy, and second son of François, became the Lord of Combres. His son, François, became a councillor to the King. Later generations of the family held titles of Baron de la Tour-Daniel, Beauzac, Lords of Mercuret, and Co-Lords of Saint-Haon. François de Colomb, Lieutenant of Viscount LeStrange, the Governor of Puy, was active in the defense of Puy against the Ligue and contributed greatly to the pacification of Velay for which he received special commendation from King Henri IV in 1594. In 1596 he became the King's Judge by proclamation and died in 1647 at the age of 100 years and 3 months. It should be noted that the average man died in his forties or fifties at this time. Jean de Colomb of the Forez branch of the family was registered in 1585. Descendants of all branches of the family served as councillors to the King and King's Court, as well as Presidents and First Council in Puy and their other domains.

Louis Coulombe, born in 1641, son of Jacques and Rolline, left France and travelled to Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans in Quebec, Canada, where he arrived on 30th September 1670. After arriving in Quebec he married Jeanne Foucault, daughter of Nicolas and Marguerite, at the end of 1670. [1]

Early History of the Coulon family

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Coulon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Coulombe, Colombe, Coulomb, Colomb, Columbe, Columb, Coloumb, Coloumbe, Coulumb, Coulumbe, Coulon, Coulons, Coulont, Coullombe, Coullomb, Coullon, Coullons, Coullont, Coullomb, Collombe, Collon and many more.

Early Notables of the Coulon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the name was Michel Colombe (c. 1430-c. 1513), a French sculptor whose work bridged the late Gothic and Renaissance styles; Jean Colombe (c. 1430-1493), a French miniature painter and illuminator of manuscripts; Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), the Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer, in 1492 he departed from Palos de la Frontera, the Santa María ran aground on Christmas Day 1492, he had to leave 39 men behind, in September 1493 he left with a fleet of 17 ships, his third voyage was in...
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Coulon Ranking

In France, the name Coulon is the 203rd most popular surname with an estimated 16,838 people with that name. [2]

United States Coulon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coulon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Coulon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1798
Coulon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Paul Coulon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1803
  • Coulon, aged 27, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • John Coulon, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Laure Coulon, aged 18, who landed in New York, NY in 1851 [3]
  • Michael Coulon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [3]

Canada Coulon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coulon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Aufray Coulon, son of Jean and Marie, who married Françoise Tierce, daughter of Guillaume and Catherine, in Quebec on 13th October 1671 [4]
  • Louis Coulon, son of Pierre and Françoise, who married Marguerite Martel, daughter of Honoré and Marguerite, in Quebec on 10th January 1695 [4]
Coulon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis-Antoine Coulon, son of Louis and Marguerite, who married Geneviève Lalue, daughter of Léonard and Marie-Françoise, in Varennes, Quebec on 19th March 1719 [4]
  • François Coulon, son of Louis and Marguerite, who married Marie-Anne Burel, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Anne, in Varennes, Quebec on 10th January 1724 [4]
  • Joseph Coulon, son of Nicolas and Angélique, who married Anne-Marguerite Soumande, daughter of Jean-Paschal and Ursule, in Montreal, Quebec on 11th October 1745 [4]
  • Gabriel Coulon, son of René and Geneviève, who married Catherine Hilaire, daughter of Louis and Catherine, in Lavaltrie, Quebec on 7th November 1747 [4]
  • Antoine Coulon, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Marie-Louise Palin, daughter of Louis and Geneviève, in Longueuil, Quebec on 22nd January 1748 [4]
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Australia Coulon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coulon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Pat Coulon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [5]

New Zealand Coulon migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Coulon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Coulon, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Miss Mary Coulon (Conlon), British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Evening Star" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1858 [6]
  • John Coulon, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Mary Coulon, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Catherine Coulon, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name Coulon (post 1700) +

  • Johnny Coulon (1889-1973), American bantamweight boxing champion boxer (1910 to 1914)
  • George David Coulon (1822-1904), French-born, American painter
  • Georges Coulon (1838-1912), French lawyer and politician, Vice President of the French Council of State (1898 to 1912)
  • Brigadier-General Albert Coulon (b. 1876), French Inspector-General of Machines [7]
  • Jocelyn Coulon (b. 1957), Canadian author, researcher and former federal election candidate from Quebec

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. 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)
  4. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  7. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Albert Coulon. Retrieved from on Facebook