Last name origin & meaning:
English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places
called Colton in England, perhaps also Colton House in Scotland.
Examples in Norfolk, Staffordshire, and North Yorkshire are from the
Old English personal name Cola (or the cognate Old Norse
Koli; see Cole 2) + Old English tūn
‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The place so named in Somerset has as its
first element the Old English personal name Cūla (of
uncertain origin). The one in Cumbria has a river name apparently
derived from a Celtic word meaning ‘hazel’.
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