Show ContentsCollard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Collard begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the given name Nicholas. A common diminutive of the name Nicholas was Col. The suffix "ard" was a Norman French suffix that meant "son of." [1]

Another source notes that the name could have been derived "from the Anglo-Saxon col, [meaning] a helmet, and heard, hard." [2]

And yet another source claims the name could be Norman in origin deriving from Hamon, William, and Geoffry Coillart of Normandy, 1180-95 . [3] Of this latter source, it seems unlikely.

Early Origins of the Collard family

The surname Collard was first found in Essex and Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times.

"The Collards of Kent may find an ancestor in Simon Colard, who represented Dover in Parliament in the reign of Edward III. Christopher Collard was rector of Blackmanstone in the time of Charles I." [4]

The name was "found in Gloucestershire as a personal name, it still remains there as a surname" as shown by the first record of the family, Colard Hariel, Gloucestershire who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [5]

Listings of the name as a personal name continued in the 13th century where Colard le Fauconer was listed in Essex in 1264. It was not until 1332 when Richard Colard was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1332 did records show the name as a surname. [1]

Early History of the Collard family

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Collard 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. Collard has been recorded under many different variations, including Callard, Collard, Collarde, Colard, Colarde, Cullard, Collart, Collerd and many more.

Early Notables of the Collard family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Frederick Willam Collard (1772-1860), English pianoforte manufacturer, son of William and Thamosin Collard, baptised at Wiveliscombe, Somersetshire, on 21 June 1772. He ventured to "London at the age of fourteen, obtained a situation in the house of Longman, Lukey, & Broderip, music publishers and pianoforte makers at 26 Cheapside. In 1799 Longman & Co. fell into commercial difficulties, and a new company, consisting of John Longman, Muzio Clementi, Frederick Augustus Hyde, F. W. Collard, Josiah Banger, and David Davis, took over the business, but on 28 June 1800 Longman and Hyde retired, and...
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Collard World Ranking

In the United States, the name Collard is the 7,346th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [6] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Collard is ranked the 870th most popular surname. [7] And in France, the name Collard is the 1,352nd popular surname with an estimated 4,198 people with that name. [8]

United States Collard migration to the United States +

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 Collard or a variant listed above:

Collard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Stephen Collard, who settled in Maryland in 1737
  • Sarah Collard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [9]
Collard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Felix Collard, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1812 [9]
  • Thomas Collard, who settled in Charles Town (Charleston), South Carolina in 1822
  • R. Collard, who settled in San Francisco in 1850
  • D Collard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [9]
  • Charles Collard, who arrived in Mississippi in 1880 [9]

Canada Collard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Collard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Abraham Collard U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [10]
  • Mr. Elijah Collard U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [10]
  • Mr. John Collard U.E. (b. 1761) from Fordham Manor, West Farms, Westchester, USA who settled in Home District, Township of Newark, Newark [Niagara], Ontario c. 1783 on Lot 142, Lot 175 & Lot 181; he served in James DeLancey's Company of Westchester Militia, married to Anna Pengry they had 9 children, he died in 1826 in Saint David's, Niagara, Ontario was listed as a Pilot for the Army in New York [10]

Australia Collard migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Collard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Collard, (b. 1811), aged 22, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for robbery, transported aboard the "Emperor Alexander"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • James Collard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [12]
  • Mr. Thomas Collard, (b. 1817), aged 31, English convict who was convicted in Taunton, Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Eden" on 30th September 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [13]
  • James Collard, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [14]

New Zealand Collard migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Collard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. M. Collard, British settler with 3 family members travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Tongariro" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1887 [15]

West Indies Collard migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [16]
Collard Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mary Collard who settled in Barbados in 1686

Contemporary Notables of the name Collard (post 1700) +

  • Ian Collard (b. 1947), English former professional footballer
  • Jehanne Collard (1950-2021), French lawyer and activist, Vice-President of the Fondation Anne Cellier, founded in 1987 to fight for road traffic safety
  • Frederick William Collard (1772-1860), British piano manufacturer, son of William and Thamosin Collard, was baptised at Wiveliscombe, Somersetshire, on 21 June 1772 [17]
  • Rear-Admiral Valentine Collard (1770-1846), Royal Navy officer
  • Catherine Collard (1947-1993), French classical pianist
  • Leo Collard (1902-1981), Belgian politician, the BSP minister of public education
  • Group Captain Richard Charles Marler Collard DSO, DFC (1911-1962), British Royal Air Force officer and politician
  • Clayton Collard (b. 1988), Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League
  • Cyril Collard (1957-1993), French author, filmmaker, composer, and actor
  • Stanley "Stan" James Collard (b. 1936), retired Australian politician
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