Origins Available: English
The origins of the name Colen are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the personal name
Nicholas. A common diminutive of the name Nicholas was Colin. Saint Collen was a 7th-century monk who gave his name to Llangollen, Denbighshire
which translates from the Welsh
as "church of the hazel-wood."
Early Origins of the Colen family
The surname Colen was first found in Shropshire
where they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest
and were Lords of the manor having large estates in that shire and in neighboring Herefordshire.
Early History of the Colen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colen research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1576, 1651, 1624, 1711, 1618, 1667, 1623, 1690, 1625, 1683, 1653, 1705, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Colen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colen Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Colen family name include Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.
Early Notables of the Colen family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Collins (1576-1651), an English clergyman and academic, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and Provost of King's College, Cambridge; and his son, John Collins (1624-1711), an English academic and politician; Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), an English poet born in the City of London; John Collinges... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colen family to Ireland
Some of the Colen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 133 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 Colen family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Colen surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Alary Collin who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1774; George Collin settled in Maryland in 1775; Patrick Collin settled in New Castle County, Del. in 1856.