The ancestors of the name Culter come from the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Dalriadans. They lived along the rugged west coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands and used the name to indicate a person who lived in or near Coulter in Lanarkshire
, in Scotland
. The surname Culter is derived from the Gaelic phrase, cúl tir,
which means, black land.
Culter 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.
Early Origins of the Culter family
The surname Culter 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.
Early History of the Culter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culter research.Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1226 and 1281 are included under the topic Early Culter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Culter Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of Culter have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Coulter, Colter, Coalter, Coultere, Coultar, Coultur, Coltar, Coltur, Coltir, Coltire and many more.
Early Notables of the Culter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Culter family to Ireland
Some of the Culter family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Culter family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Culter were among those contributors: John Colters settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1764; Hugh and Ann Coulter settled in New York State in 1811; Charles, David, Edward, Hugh, James, John, Joseph, Margaret, Robert, Thomas, and William Coulter, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1821 and 1880.
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