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Where did the English Coulton family come from? What is the English Coulton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Coulton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Coulton family history?

The origins of the Coulton name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Colton. There are places named Colton in Staffordshire, Norfolk and North Yokshire. Although the Staffordshire origin is more common some families' names are derived from the Norfolk location.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Coulton were recorded, including Colton, Coulton and others.

First found in Colton or Coulton, located in Staffordshire, North Yorkshire, Norfolk and Cumbria. The places had a variety of listings in the Domesday Book including Coletuna (Norfolk), Coletune (North Yorkshire) and Coltone (Staffordshire.) However, the meaning of the place names were essentially the same: "farmstead of a man called Cola or Koli" having derived from the Old English or Old Scandinavian personal name + tun. [1] The Cumbria placename was originally listed as Coleton in 1202, but its origins may have been much earlier.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coulton research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1126, 1371, 1235, 1296, 1320 and 1404 are included under the topic Early Coulton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coulton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Coulton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Coulton family emigrate to North America:

Coulton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • An Coulton, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Coulton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • P Coulton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Coulton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Coulton, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Coulton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. G. Coulton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883


  • Jonathan Coulton (b. 1970), American singer-songwriter
  • Frank Coulton (1862-1929), English footballer who played from 1888 to 1893
  • Nicholas Guy Coulton, English clergyman, Provost of Newcastle (1990-2000)
  • Mark Maclean Coulton (b. 1958), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Parkes (2007-)
  • George Gordon "G. G." Coulton FBA (1858-1947), British historian, known for studies on medieval history, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge in 1919, and Fellow of the British Academy in 1929


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  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. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

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