Show ContentsColledge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Colledge begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Coldridge, in Devon. Alternatively, the family dould have originated in Colwich, a parish, in the S. division of the hundred of Pirehill, union, and N. division of the county of Staffordshire. [1]

"A writer in West Scotland said there was a family or families named Colledge resident for many generations at Hawick, Darnick, near Melrose, and Lauder; in Edinburgh for over 200 years and also in Glasgow." [2]

Early Origins of the Colledge family

The surname Colledge was first found in Nottinghamshire, where Brian de Colewich was registered in 1210. [3]

The family were more often than not in "the west of England any court or group of cottages having a common entrance from the street is called a college, and residence at such a place. probably originated the name." [4]

Records of the family are very scarce. The Wills at Chester list John Colledge, of Colne, dotkworker, 1639. [5]

Early History of the Colledge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colledge research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1639, 1670, 1635 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Colledge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Colledge Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Colledge has undergone many spelling variations, including Colledge, College, Collage, Gollege, Golledge, Callage, Calledge, Gollidge, Collige, Collidge and many more.

Early Notables of the Colledge family (pre 1700)

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United States Colledge migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Colledge were among those contributors:

Colledge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Colledge who arrived in Virginia in 1637
Colledge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Colledge, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [6]
  • S I Colledge, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • Alfred Currie Colledge, who arrived in Iowa in 1887 [6]

Australia Colledge migration to Australia +

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

Colledge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Colledge, (b. 1816), aged 32, English miner from Bedworth, Warwichshire, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Artemisia" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th December 1848 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Colledge, (b. 1815), aged 33, English settler from Bedworth, Warwichshire, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Artemisia" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th December 1848 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Colledge (post 1700) +

  • Daryn Wayne Colledge (b. 1982), American professional NFL football player for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Edmund Colledge (1910-1999), born Eric Colledge, an English academic, military officer, and Roman Catholic priest
  • Thomas Richardson Colledge (1796-1879), Scottish surgeon with the East India Company at Guangzhou (Canton), founder and first president of the Medical Missionary Society of China in 1837 [8]
  • James Joseph Colledge (1908-1997), British naval historian, best known as the author of Ships of the Royal Navy (1969)
  • Magdalena Cecilia Colledge (1920-2008), British four-time gold, five-time silver medalist figure skater

  1. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. 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)
  7. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook