Coalman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the English name Coalman in the northern counties are with the Irish personal name Colmán, which is in turn derived from the word "colm," meaning "dove." St. Columban (c. 540-615) of Ireland was a missionary in Europe, and forms of his name were adopted throughout Europe, where they were later adopted into surnames. It was "ancient Anglo-Saxon personal name mentioned by Bede." [1]

It is thought that the Norwegians then brought the name to Cumberland, Westmorland and Yorkshire. In southern England, Coalman finds its roots in the Old English workd "col," referring to "coal." In this instance the name was occupational for someone who gathered coal, or burned charcoal.

Early Origins of the Coalman family

The surname Coalman was first found in Buckinghamshire, where a record from the Pipe Rolls of 1176 show a Colemannus de Eston. [2] The name can also be found in Southern England in the Domesday Book, [3] where it was first listed as a personal name as in Colemannus.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the name as a personal name and a surname: Coleman le Hen in Suffolk, 1273; Editha Colman in Oxfordshire; and Martin Coleman in London. Much later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Matilda Colman as residing there and holding lands at that time. [4]

Early History of the Coalman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coalman research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1551, 1595, 1598, 1647, 1615, 1618, 1621, 1623, 1660, 1660, 1636, 1678, 1929, 1664, 1617, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Coalman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coalman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Colman, Coleman, Coalman, Coulman, Colemen, Colmen, Coalmen, Colmin, Colmen, Coulmen, Coulmin, Colemin and many more.

Early Notables of the Coalman family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Coleman (1598-1647), English divine, a native of Oxford, entered Magdalen Hall in 1615, graduated B.A. in 1618, M.A. in 1621. [5] Roger Colman (c 1623-1660), was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660. Edward Colman or Coleman (1636-1678), was an English Catholic courtier under Charles II of England; he was hanged, drawn and quartered on a treason charge, having been implicated by Titus Oates in his false accusations...
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coalman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Coalman family to Ireland

Some of the Coalman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Coalman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coalman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Coalman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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