Colet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Colet family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the given name Nicholas. A common diminutive of the name Nicholas was Col and Ard was a Norman French suffix that meant son of. "William Colet was resident in Normandy 1180-95 (Mag. Rot. Scac.); Humphry and William Colet in 1198." [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been an occupational name for a "colet, or acolyte, [one] who waited upon the priest and assisted in carrying the bread and wine, in lighting the candles, and performing all subordinate duties.' [2]

Early Origins of the Colet family

The surname Colet was first found in Oxfordshire where "the Colletts of this county are mostly found in the Oxford district. The name of Collet was represented in Oddington in the reign of Elizabeth. In the 13th century Colet was an Oxfordshire, Shropshire, and a London name. The "colet" was the old English form of "acolyte," a church servant, and it is remarkable that, as a rule, the homes of the Colletts are, or have been, in the vicinity of ecclesiastical centres." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Colett de Sautre, Huntingdonshire; Walter Colet, Salop (Shropshire); and Dyonisia Colet, Oxfordshire and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed

Coleta Elot; Henricus Tayllour, et Collette uxor ejus; and Johannes Colet. [2]

Early History of the Colet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colet research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1202, 1433, 1486, 1480, 1467, 1519 and 1505 are included under the topic Early Colet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Colet have been found, including Collett, Colett, Collet, Coullet, Caullet, Cowlett, Cowllett, Colleyt, Coulett, Caulett, Caullett, Coullett, Collette, Colette, Collete and many more.

Early Notables of the Colet family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Colet (1467-1519), a humanist and divine, a friend of Erasmus who helped bring the new learning to England. He was the Dean of St. Paul's, and founder of...
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United States Colet migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Colet, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Colet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliza Colet, aged 23, who landed in New England in 1635 [4]
  • Peter Colet, who arrived in America in 1643 [4]
  • Aeltje Fans Colet, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1643 [4]
Colet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antje Colet, who landed in Iowa in 1849 [4]
  • Jacobus Colet, who arrived in Iowa in 1849 [4]
  • Mrs. Jacobus Colet, who landed in Iowa in 1849 [4]
  • Kaatje Colet, who arrived in Iowa in 1849 [4]
  • Mietje Colet, who landed in Iowa in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colet (post 1700) +

  • John Colet (1467-1519), British humanist


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ 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)


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