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The forbears of the name Coulter are thought to be of the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The name indicates that the first bearer lived in or near Coulter in Lanarkshire or Aberdeenshire, in Scotland. The surname Coulter is derived from the Gaelic phrase, cúl tir, which means, black land. Coulter 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.

Coulter Early Origins



The surname Coulter 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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Coulter Spelling Variations


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Coulter Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Coulter has been spelled Coulter, Colter, Coalter, Coultere, Coultar, Coultur, Coltar, Coltur, Coltir, Coltire and many more.

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Coulter Early History


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Coulter Early History



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

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Coulter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coulter Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Coulter In Ireland


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Coulter In Ireland



Some of the Coulter 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


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The Great Migration



Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Coulter were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Coulter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Coulter, who arrived in Virginia in 1658

Coulter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Coulter, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hugh and Ann Coulter settled in New York State in 1811
  • Ann Coulter, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hugh Coulter, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Coulter, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coulter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Coulter, who landed in Quebec in 1784
  • William Coulter, who landed in Quebec in 1784

Coulter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Coulter, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Alice Coulter, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834

Coulter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Coulter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • Thomas Coulter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • John Coulter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • Mary Matilda Coulter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • William Coulter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Charles Kerr" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coulter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Coulter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Thomas Coulter, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Edward Coulter, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Francis Coulter, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coulter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coulter (post 1700)



  • Ellis Merton Coulter (1890-1981), American historian of the South
  • Bridgid Coulter (b. 1968), American actress
  • Richard Coulter Jr. (1870-1955), American World War I general, a businessman, a professional football player
  • Lieutenant General John Breitling Coulter (1891-1983), American commander of the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean war
  • Raymond "Ray" Orville Coulter (1897-1965), American sport shooter
  • William Alexander Coulter (1849-1936), American painter of marine subjects
  • William Lincoln Coulter (1865-1907), American architect
  • Wallace H. Coulter (1913-1998), American electrical engineer, inventor, and businessman
  • Joey Coulter (b. 1990), American stock car driver
  • Richard Coulter (1788-1852), Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Coulter Historic Events


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Coulter Historic Events




Flight 191

  • S Coulter, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Robert Coulter (1876-1914), Scottish Miner from Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • Mr. Fred C Coulter (1883-1914), Scottish Company Man from Dalrymple, Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

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Suggested Readings for the name Coulter


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Suggested Readings for the name Coulter



  • The Coulter Family of Catawba County, North Carolina by Victor A. Coulter.
  • Our Coulter Clan and Allied Families by Steven Earl Coulter.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLES KERR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840CharlesKerr.htm

Other References

  1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  11. ...

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