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While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, many Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The Coleman surname stems from two distinct Gaelic names O'Clúmháin, derived from the Irish root "clúmh," meaning "down," or "feathers," and from O Colmain, derived the Latin word "columba," which means "dove."

Coleman Early Origins



The surname Coleman was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they were a sept of O'Colmain, a branch of Hy Fiachrach.

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Coleman Spelling Variations


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Coleman Spelling Variations



The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Colman, Coleman, O'Colman, MacColeman, McColeman, Coalman, Coulman, Colemen, Colmen, Coalmen, Colmin, Colmen, Coulmen, Coulmin, Colemin and many more.

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Coleman Early History


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Coleman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coleman research. Another 312 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Coleman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coleman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coleman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Coleman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Coleman were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Coleman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Coleman, who landed in America in 1630
  • Katherine Coleman, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Joseph Coleman, who arrived in America in 1637
  • Joseph Coleman and his wife Sara and four children settled in New England in 1637
  • 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 negligent and unfaithful, as the court ruled, but, strangely a year later in 1637. he was admitted a freeman
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coleman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rota Coleman, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Robert Coleman, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Geo Coleman, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Philip Coleman, aged 50, landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Margaret Coleman, who landed in Virginia in 1744
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coleman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartholomew Coleman was a proprietor and occupier of fishing rooms at Trinity in 1800
  • Isaac, Coleman Jr., who arrived in America in 1803
  • John Coleman, who landed in America in 1804
  • Mrs. Coleman, who landed in New York NY in 1812
  • Daniel Coleman, who arrived in Long Island in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coleman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Coleman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mary Coleman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Bartw Coleman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Bartholomew Coleman, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1754

Coleman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Coleman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1806
  • Patrick Coleman from Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland, settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Patrick Coleman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Patrick Coleman, aged 19, an apothecary, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Bartholomew Coleman, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coleman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Emma Sophia Coleman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Jeremiah Coleman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • William Coleman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848
  • Samuel Coleman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848
  • John Coleman, aged 39, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coleman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Coleman landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Indemnity
  • Thomas Coleman landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Coleman, aged 35, a baker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Rebecca Coleman, aged 36, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • James Coleman, aged 15, a baker, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coleman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coleman (post 1700)



  • John Royston "Jack" Coleman (1921-2016), American academic, University President of Haverford College
  • Lovell Coleman (1938-2016), American-born Canadian football player; CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award in 1964
  • Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (1930-2015), American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer, his album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music, awarded the Grammy award for lifetime achievement in 2007
  • James Melville Coleman Jr. (1924-2014), American legislator and jurist
  • Wanda Coleman (1946-2013), born Wanda Evans, an American poet, nicknamed "the L.A. Blueswoman"
  • Gary Wayne Coleman (1968-2010), American actor, best known for his childhood role as Arnold Jackson in the American sitcom Diff'rent Strokes
  • Colonel, USAF Catherine Coleman PH.D. (b. 1960), NASA Astronaut with 15 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes and 21 seconds in space
  • William Thaddeus Coleman Jr. (b. 1920), American attorney and politician, 4th United States Secretary of Transportation (1975-1977), 2nd African American to serve in the Cabinet, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892-1926), first African American to become a licensed airplane pilot and she was the first American of any race or gender to hold an international pilot license
  • Sidney Richard Coleman (1937-2007), eminent American theoretical physicist
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Coleman Historic Events


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Coleman Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Bobby Lee Coleman (b. 1965), American Private 1st Class from Rochester, New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. LeBaron  Coleman (1851-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Vincent J. P.  Coleman (1876-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. George Edward Coleman (1919-1941), Australian Wireman from Young, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Dennis J Coleman (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Chiddingly, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Susan Coleman, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert Edward Coleman (d. 1912), aged 28, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Coleman (d. 1912), aged 57, English Mess Steward from Itchen, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. John Coleman (d. 1912), aged 57, English Mess Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Coleman


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Suggested Readings for the name Coleman



  • Coleman Family History by George Simpson.
  • Colemans of Greene County: a Bit of Alabama History by Stephen Beasley Coleman.

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Coleman Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm

Other References

  1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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The Coleman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coleman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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