Show ContentsColclough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Colclough belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in Staffordshire, at Colclough. The place name is a compound of two words, col, meaning cold, and clough, meaning gully. The surname means "dweller near the cold ravine."

Early Origins of the Colclough family

The surname Colclough was first found in Staffordshire at Colclough, "an estate in Staffordshire, in which county the family resided, temp. Edward III." [1] "Colecrough, found in the same county, is a manifest variant." [2]

"Colclough is the name of an ancient family that resided on the estate of their name at Wolstanton as far back as the reign of Edward III.; the Colcloughs were lords of the manor of Hanley in the 17th century, and members of the family received the honour of knighthood and possessed a baronetcy. The name is still in Hanley." [3]

Early History of the Colclough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colclough research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1758, 1414, 1384, 1385, 1386, 1390, 1395, 1397, 1696, 1766, 1628, 1630, 1575, 1590, 1637, 1624, 1684, 1650, 1687 and 1542 are included under the topic Early Colclough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colclough Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Colclough include Colclough, Coleclough, Collclough and others.

Early Notables of the Colclough family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Colclough (died c. 1414), of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire and Calverhall, Shropshire, an English politician. He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Newcastle-under-Lyme in November 1384, 1385, 1386, January 1390, 1395 and January 1397. Caesar Colclough (1696-1766) was a Member of Parliament for County Wexford in the Irish House of Commons. The Colclough Baronetcy, of Tintern Abbey, County Wexford, was created in the baronetage of Ireland on...
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Colclough Ranking

In the United States, the name Colclough is the 17,826th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Colclough family to Ireland

Some of the Colclough family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Colclough migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Colclough were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Colclough Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Colclough, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [5]
Colclough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James and Anne Colclough who settled in Delaware in 1772 and later moved to Pennsylvania

Canada Colclough migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Colclough Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Colclough, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Mrs. Margaret Colclough, aged 82 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but she died on board [6]

Australia Colclough migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Colclough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charlotte Colclough, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [7]
  • Charlotte Colclough, aged 21, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [7]

New Zealand Colclough migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Colclough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Colclough, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861

Contemporary Notables of the name Colclough (post 1700) +

  • James Michael Colclough (1936-2004), American football end
  • Ricardo Sanchez Colclough (b. 1982), professional American football player
  • Jim Colclough, American college and professional football player
  • Michael John Colclough (b. 1944), retired English Canon Pastor at St Paul's Cathedral and former Bishop of Kensington
  • Ephraim Colclough (1875-1914), English footballer
  • Horace Colclough (1889-1941), English international footballer
  • Katie Amanda Colclough (b. 1990), English road and track cyclist
  • Phil Colclough (b. 1940), English contemporary folk singer and songwriter
  • Maurice John Colclough (1953-2006), English international rugby union player
  • David E. Colclough (1964-2016), Welsh professional poker player
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The Colclough Motto +

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: His calcabo gentes
Motto Translation: By these I will trample on the nations.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 69)
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from on Facebook