Origins Available: English
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 Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Colees family
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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)
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Migration of the Colees family to Ireland
Some of the Colees family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Colees family to the New World and Oceana
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..