Kulpa History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kulpa family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Kulpa family lived in the place named Colp in Aberdeenshire.

Early Origins of the Kulpa family

The surname Kulpa 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 Kulpa family

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

Kulpa 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 Kulpa include Culp, Colp, Cup, Cope and others.

Early Notables of the Kulpa family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Kulpa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kulpa family

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 Kulpa: Connard Colp who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1732; followed by Charles in 1856; Anthony Cope settled in Jamaica in 1722; Richard Cope settled in New England in 1635.



  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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