Show ContentsKulp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicles of the Kulp family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Kulp family lived in the place named Colp in Aberdeenshire.

Early Origins of the Kulp family

The surname Kulp was 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.

One of the first records of the family was Johannes Coup who was recorded there in Aberdeen in 1408. "A 'commone hande bell, with ale proffetis,' was granted to William Colp and his son, David Colp in the same town in 1503, and a payment was made in 1518 to Sir Andrew Cup, evidently a cleric." 1

Early History of the Kulp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kulp research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1408 is included under the topic Early Kulp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kulp Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Kulp has been written Culp, Colp, Cup, Cope and others.

Early Notables of the Kulp family

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Kulp Ranking

In the United States, the name Kulp is the 9,817th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

United States Kulp migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kulp:

Kulp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Phillis Kulp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729 3
  • Hance Gasper Kulp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 3
  • Matthias Kulp, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1762 3
Kulp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilhelmina Kulp, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 3
  • John Christ Kulp, aged 32, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Kulp (post 1700) +

  • Charles Allen Kulp (1925-2021), nicknamed the Flying Farmer, an American aerobatic pilot who performed a comedy aerobatic routine every Sunday at the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Virginia for 34 years
  • Nancy Jane Kulp (1921-1991), American actress best known as "Miss Jane Hathaway" on the popular television series The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Nancy Jane Kulp (1921-1991), American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 9th District, 1984 4
  • Monroe Henry Kulp (1858-1911), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 17th District, 1895-99 4
  • Leroy M. Kulp, American politician, Burgess of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, 1960 4
  • Francis A. Kulp (1873-1966), American politician, Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1906; member, Battle Creek city council, 1908; Member of Michigan State Senate 9th District, 1933-34; defeated (Democratic), 1934 4
  • Denise E. Kulp, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996 4
  • Clarence A. Kulp, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 19th District, 1956 4

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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook