Couts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Pictish-Scottish family that first used the name Couts lived in Cults in Aberdeenshire where the name can be found since very early times.

Early Origins of the Couts family

The surname Couts was first found in Aberdeenshire. The name is "a common surname in Upper Deeside. Richard de Cotis appears as a landowner in Elgyn, 1343. In 1392 John de Cowtis and Donald de Cowtis were put to the horn as part guilty of the slaughter of Sir Walter de Ogilvy, sheriff of Angus and others. The principal family of the name was established in the earldom of Mar, Aberdeenshire, by a Crown charter in 1433, of the lands of Ochtercoull or Auchtercoul in favor of William Coutts, his brother Alexander, their cousin John, and his brother Alexander." [1]

Early History of the Couts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couts research. Another 439 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1348, 1392, 1434, 1470, 1473, 1411, 1478, 1483, 1525, 1526, 1529, 1531, 1553, 1555, 1583, 1672, 1553, 1699, 1750, 1742, 1699, 1735, 1822, 1566, 1567, 1567 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Couts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Couts Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Couts has been spelled Coutts, Couts, Coots, Cootes, Coutt, Cout, Coot, Coote and many more.

Early Notables of the Couts family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was John Coutts (1699-1750), a British merchant and banker, Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1742. He was the "eldest son of Patrick Coutts, a tradesman in Edinburgh, and formerly of Montrose, by his wife, Christina Smith, was born on 28 July 1699. He entered into business as commission agent and dealer in grain, and rapidly acquiring capital became a negotiator of bills, a business which the banks...
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United States Couts migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Couts:

Couts Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gordon Couts, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Joad Couts, aged 0, who landed in America from St. Michaels, in 1905
  • Maria G. Couts, aged 23, who landed in America from St. Michaels, in 1905
  • Edward Couts, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Louis Couts, aged 41, who settled in America, in 1918

Contemporary Notables of the name Couts (post 1700) +

  • Kimberly Couts (b. 1989), professional American tennis player


  1. ^ 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)


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