The roots of the English name Coldman 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
It is thought that the Norwegians then brought the name to Cumberland, Westmorland and Yorkshire. In southern England, Coldman 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 Coldman family
The surname Coldman was first found in Buckinghamshire
, where a record from the Pipe Rolls
of 1176 show a Colemannus de Eston. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The name can also be found in Southern England
in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Coldman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coldman research.Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1551, 1595, 1623, 1660, 1660, 1636, 1678, 1929 and are included under the topic Early Coldman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coldman Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Coldman have been found, including Colman, Coleman, Coalman, Coulman, Colemen, Colmen, Coalmen, Colmin, Colmen, Coulmen, Coulmin, Colemin and many more.
Early Notables of the Coldman family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Roger Colman (c 1623-1660), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660; Edward Colman or Coleman (1636-1678), an English Catholic courtier under Charles II of England
, he was hanged, drawn and... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coldman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coldman family to Ireland
Some of the Coldman family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coldman family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Coldman, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Thomas Coleman, who arrived in America from Marlborough in Wiltshire
, England; Thomas Coleman settled in Newbury, and later Boston, Massachusetts. He was under contract, but not indentured to Sir Richard Saltonstall, to keep his cattle. He was ".