Early Origins of the Colleton family
The surname Colleton was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Coleton, held by Warin from his overlord Iudhael of Totnes, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Colleton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colleton research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1664, 1700, 1608, 1666, 1682, 1635, 1694, 1681, 1685, 1689, 1694, 1669, 1754, 1172 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Colleton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Colleton Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Colleton, Coleton, Culleton, Culliton, Collaton, Cullaton, O'Culleton, O'Colleton, MacColleton, MacCulliton and many more.
Early Notables of the Colleton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Colleton, 1st Baronet
(1608-1666), English Royalist officer to King Charles I during the English Civil War, his holdings were seized when the Cavaliers were defeated by Parliamentary forces, but during the Restoration, Colleton was one of eight... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colleton family to Ireland
Some of the Colleton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Colleton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Colleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Peter Colleton, who arrived in South Carolina in 1794 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Colleton (post 1700)
- Sir Robert Augustus William Colleton (1854-1938), 9th Baronet, English peer
- Sir Robert Augustus Fulford Graves Colleton (1824-1866), 8th Baronet, English peer
- Sir James Roupell Colleton (1783-1848), 7th Baronet, English peer
- Sir James Nassau Colleton (1752-1815), 6th Baronet, English peer
- Sir John Snell Colleton (1775-1801), 5th Baronet, English peer
- Sir John Colleton (1738-1778), 4th Baronet, English peer