Origin of the Name Coulter
The ancient history of the name Coulter
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Coulter
include Culter and Colter. This is a surname of locational origin from the manor of Coulter in Lanarkshire, meaning 'of Coulter'. This name is of Scottish descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Richard of Culter who appears in record as sheriff of Lanark in the year 1226 and an Alexander de Cultre who witnessed a grant by Maldoueny, earl of Lennox to Stephen de Blantyr in 1248. Names were recorded in these in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. Coulter can be of Irish origin also, being derived from the Gaelic O'Coltair sept of County Down. The town of Ballycolter still exists to this very day.
The Coulter coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Coulter descendants.