Colle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Colle is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the given name Nicholas. Coll was a popular diminutive of Nicholas in the Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Colle family

The surname Colle was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Colle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colle research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1406, 1408, 1438, 1293, 1334, 1379, 1524, 1777 and 1796 are included under the topic Early Colle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colle 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. Colle has been recorded under many different variations, including Colls, Colles, Colle, Coll, Col and others.

Early Notables of the Colle family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Colle family to Ireland

Some of the Colle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colle 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 Colle or a variant listed above:

Colle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • P Colle, aged 28, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1837 [1]
  • F M Colle, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colle (post 1700)

  • Jean Théodore Colle, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 12) Jean Colle. Retrieved from
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