Origins Available: English
The Colins surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name 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 Colins family
The surname Colins 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 Colins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colins 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 Colins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colins 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 Colins 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 Colins include: Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.
Early Notables of the Colins 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 Colins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colins family to Ireland
Some of the Colins 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 Colins family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Colins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Chris Colins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. Alexander Colins U.E. who settled in Home District, [Niagara], Lincoln County, Ontario c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X