Colees History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Colees comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person with a dark complexion. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word col, which meant dark.
Early Origins of the Colees family
The surname Colees was first found in Somerset or Wiltshire at Cole. The Somerset hamlet is in the parish of Pitcomb, union of Wincanton, hundred of Bruto; while the Wiltshire parish is in the union, and hundred of Malmesbury, Malmesbury and Kingswood. 
"Essentially south of England names, especially in the south - west, rarely occurring north of a line drawn west from the Wash. Cole is best distributed and has its principal homes in Devon and Wiltshire. Coles is most numerous in Somerset. Both names, strangely enough, are rare in Cornwall. Cole was a very ancient Teutonic name; there are places of the name in Somerset and Wiltshire, a circumstance that may perhaps explain the frequency of both names in Somerset and of Cole in Wiltshire." 
Much farther to the north in Scotland, the name was "one of the many forms assumed by the name Macdowall." 
Early History of the Colees family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colees research. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1688, 1640, 1680, 1617, 1676, 1617, 1650, 1616, 1697, 1659, 1660, 1773, 1843 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Colees History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colees Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Colees has undergone many spelling variations, including Coles, Coals and others.
Early Notables of the Colees family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Elisha Coles (ca 1608-1688), an English lexicographer and stenographer, chorister of Magdalen College, Oxford
His nephew Elisha Coles (1640?-1680), was a lexicographer and stenographer, son of John Coles, schoolmaster of Wolverhampton. 
Gilbert Coles (1617-1676), was an English divine, son of Edmund Coles, priest...
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Migration of the Colees family to Ireland
Some of the Colees family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Colees family
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Colees were among those contributors: Robert Coles who settled in Warwick, coming with Winthrop's fleet to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1630. He was made a freeman in 1631. He was one of the original purchasers of Warwick, and the Providence Plantations in Rhode Island..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print