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

Today's generation of the Culp family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the Picts. The first family to use the name Culp lived in the place named Colp in Aberdeenshire.


Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Culp has appeared Culp, Colp, Cup, Cope and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culp research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1408 is included under the topic Early Culp History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Culp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Culp:

Culp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Matthias Culp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • Philip Culp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • John Culp settled in Frederick Co. Maryland in 1795
  • John Culp, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1795

Culp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob, John, and Nicholas Culp settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1844 and 1860
  • Gertrude Culp, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Julliette Culp, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Louis Culp, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Culp Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Julien Culp, aged 4, who settled in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Alfred Culp, aged 26, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1911
  • Edith Culp, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1911
  • Ellen Culp, aged 2, who landed in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Erna Culp, aged 32, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1911

Culp Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jacob Culp U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

Culp Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Humphrey Isaac Culp, who arrived in Canada in 1830


  • Curley Culp (b. 1946), former professional American football player, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Robert Martin Culp (1930-2010), American actor who is best remembered for the "I Spy" television series
  • Dennis Culp (b. 1970), American trombonist and singer/songwriter
  • Raymond Leonard Culp (b. 1941), American pitcher
  • Arlie Franklin Culp (b. 1926), American Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Julia Culp (1880-1970), Dutch internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano
  • Jonathan Culp (b. 1971), Canadian underground filmmaker
  • Ted W Culp, Canadian ling Uist and political activist


  • Culp Family History: 1729-1990 by Barbarta Augspurger.


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  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  10. 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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The Culp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Culp 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 February 2015 at 13:15.

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