The roots of the English name Coldmen 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, Coldmen 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 Coldmen family
The surname Coldmen 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 Coldmen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coldmen 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 Coldmen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coldmen Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Coldmen were recorded, including Colman, Coleman, Coalman, Coulman, Colemen, Colmen, Coalmen, Colmin, Colmen, Coulmen, Coulmin, Colemin and many more.
Early Notables of the Coldmen 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 Coldmen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coldmen family to Ireland
Some of the Coldmen 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 Coldmen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Coldmen family emigrate to North America: 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 ".