Couty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Couty family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Couty family lived in Cults in Aberdeenshire where the name can be found since very early times.

Early Origins of the Couty family

The surname Couty 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 Couty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couty 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 Couty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Couty Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Couty include Coutts, Couts, Coots, Cootes, Coutt, Cout, Coot, Coote and many more.

Early Notables of the Couty 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...
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Couty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Couty migration to the United States +

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Couty:

Couty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marceline Couty, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1914
  • Marguerite Couty, aged 34, who landed in America from Panama City, Panama, in 1918
  • Norman Milne Couty, aged 57, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Rene Couty, aged 36, who landed in America from St. Chamond, France, in 1922

New Zealand Couty 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:

Couty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Couty, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [2]
  • Mrs. Couty, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [2]
  • Miss. Emily Couty, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [2]
  • Mr. John Couty, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 [2]
  • J. C. Couty, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Viscount Canning" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Couty (post 1700) +

  • Louis Couty (1854-1884), French physician and physiologist


  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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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