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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.

Coles Early Origins



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

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Coles Spelling Variations


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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.

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Coles Early History


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Coles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coles research. Another 85 words (6 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.

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Coles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coles Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coles In Ireland


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Coles In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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
  • Margaret Coles, aged 21, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Eliza Coles, aged 23, arrived in America in 1635
  • ... (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
  • Joseph Coles, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733

Coles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Coles, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • J Coles, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Manuel Coles, aged 35, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Juan Coles, who arrived in Florida in 1838
  • Anthony Coles, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Joseph Coles, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Ann Coles, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Joseph Coles, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm
  • James Coles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Coles arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • George Coles, aged 24, a fireman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • John Coles, aged 31, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Mary Coles, aged 33, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • John W. Coles, aged 3, 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coles (post 1700)


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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
  • George Coles (1810-1875), Canadian politician, 1st Premier of Prince Edward Island, one of the Fathers of Confederation
  • Cyril Henry Coles (1899-1965), British novelist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Coles Historic Events


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Coles Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

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

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Citations


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  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ISABELLA WATSON 1845. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1845IsabellaWatson.htm

Other References

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  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. 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, 1968. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Coles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coles 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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