Colgate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Colgate is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in Caldecot, which was the name of parishes found in Peterborough and Worcestershire. The name was originally derived from the Old English word ceald-cote and literally meant the dweller at the cold-huts. [1]

Early Origins of the Colgate family

The surname Colgate was first found in various places named Caldecote or Caldecott throughout Britain including Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

No fewer than five of them are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Caldecote, Cambridgeshire; Caldecota, Hertfordshire; Caldecote, Warwickshire; Caldecote, Leicestershire; and Caldecote, Northamptonshire. Williamscott or Willscott in Oxfordshire was home to the family too.

"Walter Calcott, in 1575, endowed a free school here with £13 per annum payable out of his manor of Williamscott, for 40 boys chosen by lot from the villages around." [2] The hamlet was also made famous as the site that Charles I. slept a night or two prior to the battle of Cropredy-Bridge.

Early History of the Colgate family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colgate research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1304, 1320, 1779 and 1844 are included under the topic Early Colgate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colgate 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 Colgate family name include Caldecot, Caldecott, Caldecotte and others.

Early Notables of the Colgate family (pre 1700)

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United States Colgate migration to the United States +

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 Colgate surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Colgate Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Colgate (1758–1826) English farmer, politician and sympathizer with the American War of Independence; he and his family left their farm in Shoreham, Kent in March 1798 to emigrate to Baltimore, Maryland, father of William Colgate [3]
  • William Colgate (1783-1857), aged 13, son of Robert Colgate, founder of the Colgate toothpaste company [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colgate (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Colgate Jr. (1868-1902), American first head football coach for the Colgate University Raiders
  • Samuel Colgate (1822-1897), American manufacturer and philanthropist, son of William Colgate
  • James Boorman Colgate (1818-1904), American financier, son of William Colgate
  • Gilbert Bayard "Gil" Colgate Jr. (1899-1965), American businessman and bronze medalist bobsledder at the 1936 Winter Olympics
  • William Colgate (1783-1857), English-born, American manufacturer, founder what would become the Colgate toothpaste company in 1806
  • Stirling Colgate (1925-2013), American physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • James Colgate Cleveland (1920-1995), American politician
  • James Colgate Cleveland (1920-1995), American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate, 1950-62 [4]
  • Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr. (1897-1981), American politician and academic, 3rd President of the University of Virginia (1947-1959), 54th Governor of Virginia (1942-1946)
  • Colgate Hoyt (1849-1922), American businessman


The Colgate Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In utrumque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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