Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the given name Nicholas. Col was a common diminutive of the name Nicholas, and kin was often used to denote "son of." The name as a whole meant "son of Nicholas."
Early Origins of the Colkyn family
Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Colkyn family
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Colkyn Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Colkyn has been recorded under many different variations, including Colkin, Colkins, Colekyn, Colkyn, Colking, Calking and many more.
Early Notables of the Colkyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colkyn family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Colkyn or a variant listed above: Patrick Colkins who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773.
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