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The earliest origins of the name Collen date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The 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."

Collen Early Origins



The surname Collen 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.

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Collen Spelling Variations


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Collen Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Collen include Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.

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Collen Early History


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Collen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collen 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 Collen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Collen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Collen Early Notables (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 Collen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Collen In Ireland


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Collen In Ireland



Some of the Collen 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Collen or a variant listed above:

Collen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bryan Collen, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Stephen William Collen, who arrived in Mississippi in 1850
  • Mr. Collen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Collen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Collen, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Collen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Collen (post 1700)



  • Tom Collen (b. 1953), American head college women's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas (2012)
  • Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Collen (b. 1968), nee Tarrolly, an American actress, married to Phil Collen
  • Henry Collen (1797-1879), English miniature portrait painter to Queen Victoria and the Duchess of Kent, known for producing one of the first sets of photocopies of The Treaty of Nanking
  • Philip Kenneth "Phil" Collen (b. 1957), English guitarist and vocalist for the rock band Def Leppard
  • Désiré Collen (b. 1943), Belgian physician and chemist, recipient of the Francqui Prize on Biological and Medical Sciences (1984)
  • Lindsey Collen (b. 1948), Mauritian novelist, two-time winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book, Africa (1994, 2005)
  • Pieter Collen (b. 1980), Belgian footballer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Collen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Collen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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