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This long-established surname, widespread in Scotland and in the Ulster counties of Down and Antrim, is of locational origin either from the parish and village of Coulter in Lanarkshire, or from the lands of Coulter in Aberdeenshire, so called from the Scots Gaelic elements "cul", meaning "back", (in the sense of position) and "tir", country, land, district, territory. Locational surnames, such as this, were originally given to local landowners, and the Lord of the Manor, and especially as a means of identification to those who left their birthplace to settle elsewhere. Early examples of the surname include: Alexander de Cultre, who witnessed a grant by Maldoueny, Earl of Lennox, to Stephen de Blantyr circa 1248, and Andrew de Cultyr, who held land in Aberdeen in 1281...
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