Collenson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Collenson family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the personal name Col-in, which is a diminutive of Col, which in turn is a pet form of Nicholas. The surname Collenson features the suffix -son, which was most common in the north of England and largely supplanted other Anglo-Saxon patronymic suffixes by the 14th century.

Early Origins of the Collenson family

The surname Collenson was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Collenson family

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Collenson Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Collenson include Collinson, Collenson, Colenson, Colinson and others.

Early Notables of the Collenson family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Peter Collinson (1694-1768), English naturalist and antiquary, born near Windermere on 14 Jan. 1694. "His parents were members of the Society of Friends, who were settled on the paternal estate called...
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Migration of the Collenson family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Collenson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Collinson who settled in Boston Mass in 1765.



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