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The ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada is thought to be the home of the ancestors of the Coultas family. Their name comes from someone having lived in or near Coulter in Lanarkshire or Aberdeenshire, in Scotland. The surname Coultas is derived from the Gaelic phrase, cúl tir, which means, black land. Coultas is therefore a local surname, of which there are many types. For instance, topographic surnames could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. In this case, the surname is both topographical, in that it comes from the phrase, black land, and local in the general sense, since it comes from the place-name, Coulter.

Coultas Early Origins



The surname Coultas was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Coultas Spelling Variations


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Coultas Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Coultas has appeared as Coulter, Colter, Coalter, Coultere, Coultar, Coultur, Coltar, Coltur, Coltir, Coltire and many more.

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Coultas Early History


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Coultas Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coultas research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1226 and 1281 are included under the topic Early Coultas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coultas Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coultas Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Coultas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coultas In Ireland


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Coultas In Ireland



Some of the Coultas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 280 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coultas or a variant listed above:

Coultas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Coultas, who landed in New York in 1831

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coultas (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coultas (post 1700)



  • Brenda Coultas, American poet, winner of the 2004 Norma Farber First Book Award for her A Handmade Museum

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Coultas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coultas 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 May 2016 at 09:19.

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