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This interesting surname is of Scottish locational origin from a place called Colquhoun in the former county of Aberdeenshire (now part of Grampian region), first recorded in the form of "Colghoun" in 1246. The name appears to derive from the Gaelic "coil", "cuil", a nook, corner or "coill(e)" a wood plus "cumhann" narrow; hence "narrow corner or wood". Colquhoun is the name of a Scottish family descended from Umfridus de Kilpatrick, who acquired the lands of Colquhoun in the reign of Alexander 11 (1214-1249).

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