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Where did the English Colgate family come from? What is the English Colgate family crest and coat of arms? When did the Colgate family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Colgate family history?

The name Colgate is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Caldecot, which was the name of parishes found in Peterborough and Worcestershire. The name was originally derived from the Old English word ceald-cote and literally meant the dweller at the cold-huts.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Colgate family name include Caldecot, Caldecott, Caldecotte and others.

First found in various places named Caldecote or Caldecott throughout Britain including Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire. No fewer than five of them are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Caldecote, Cambridgeshire; Caldecota, Hertfordshire; Caldecote, Warwickshire; Caldecote, Leicestershire; and Caldecote, Northamptonshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colgate research. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1304, 1320, 1779 and 1844 are included under the topic Early Colgate History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Colgate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Colgate surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Colgate Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Colgate (17581826) English farmer, politician and sympathizer with the American War of Independence; he and his family left their farm in Shoreham, Kent in March 1798 to emigrate to Baltimore, Maryland, father of William Colgate
  • William Colgate (1783-1857), aged 13, son of Robert Colgate, founder of the Colgate toothpaste company

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  • Stirling Colgate (1925-2013), American physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • William Colgate (1783-1857), English-born, American manufacturer, founder what would become the Colgate toothpaste company in 1806
  • Gilbert Bayard "Gil" Colgate Jr. (1899-1965), American businessman and bronze medalist bobsledder at the 1936 Winter Olympics
  • James Boorman Colgate (1818-1904), American financier, son of William Colgate
  • Samuel Colgate (1822-1897), American manufacturer and philanthropist, son of William Colgate
  • Samuel Colgate Jr. (1868-1902), American first head football coach for the Colgate University Raiders


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In utrumque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.

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  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Colgate Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colgate Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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