Early Origins of the Colleton family
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, CITATION[CLOSE]
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
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Colleton Spelling Variations
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)
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...
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Migration of the Colleton family to Ireland
Some of the Colleton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Colleton family to the New World and Oceana
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Colleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Colleton (post 1700)
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