Coles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The earliest origins of the Coles surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was 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 Coles family

The surname Coles was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Coles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coles research. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1688, 1616, 1697, 1659 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Coles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coles Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Coles are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Coles include: Coles, Coals and others.

Early Notables of the Coles family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Coles family to Ireland

Some of the Coles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Coles migration to the United States

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Coles or a variant listed above:

Coles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Coles who settled in Warwick coming with Winthrop's Fleet to Ipwich Massachusetts in 1630. he was one of the original purchasers of Warwick and the Provident Plantations in Rhode Island
  • Robert Coles who settled in Warwick, coming with Winthrop's fleet to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1630. He was made a freeman in 1631 and was one of the original purchasers of Warwick, and the Providence Plantations in Rhode Island
  • Robert Coles, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1630 [1]
  • Margaret Coles, aged 21, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • Eliza Coles, aged 23, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Coles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susannah Coles, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Joseph Coles, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [1]
Coles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Coles, who arrived in New York in 1819 [1]
  • J Coles, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [1]
  • Manuel Coles, aged 35, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 [1]
  • Juan Coles, who arrived in Florida in 1838 [1]
  • Anthony Coles, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coles migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Coles, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Joseph Coles, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Ann Coles, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Joseph Coles, aged 23, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [5]
  • James Coles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coles migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Coles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Florence Coles, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of the Deep" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1854 [7]
  • Louisa Coles, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • George Coles, aged 24, a fireman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • John Coles, aged 31, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Mary Coles, aged 33, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Coles (post 1700)

  • Leslie Stephen Coles (1941-2014), American co-founder and the Executive Director of the Gerontology Research Group
  • Charlie Coles (1942-2013), American college basketball coach and the former head men's basketball coach at Miami University
  • Charles "Honi" Coles (1911-1992), award-winning American actor and tap dancer
  • Edward Coles (1786-1868), American politician, Governor of Illinois (1822-1826)
  • Robert Coles (b. 1929), American author, child psychiatrist, awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Kimberley "Kim" Coles (b. 1962), American actress and comedian
  • Neil Chapman Coles MBE (b. 1934), English professional golfer
  • Elizabeth Coles (1912-1975), popular English novelist and short story writer
  • Ms. Joanna Coles O.B.E.,, British recipient of Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to journalism and the media industry [8]
  • George Coles (1810-1875), Canadian politician, 1st Premier of Prince Edward Island, one of the Fathers of Confederation
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Coles family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Charles Coles, British Lead Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Henry James Coles, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Albert G Coles, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Mariner.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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