Origins Available: English
The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Collette came from the given name Nicholas.
A common diminutive of the name Nicholas
was a Norman French suffix that meant son of.
Early Origins of the Collette family
The surname Collette was first found in Oxfordshire
where, some say, they held a family seat
before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Collette family
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Collette Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Collette has been recorded under many different variations, including Collett, Colett, Collet, Coullet, Caullet, Cowlett, Cowllett, Colleyt, Coulett, Caulett, Caullett, Coullett, Collette, Colette, Collete and many more.
Early Notables of the Collette family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Collette family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Collette or a variant listed above:
Collette Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Lambert Nicholas Collette, who landed in New York in 1835 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)
Collette Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Emile Collette, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dorette" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Collette (post 1700)
- Buddy Collette (b. 1921), American jazz musician
- Brigadier-General Maurice Collette (1885-1945), French Commanding Officer during World War II CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Maurice Collette. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Collette/Maurice-Albert/France.html
- Antonia "Toni" Collette (b. 1972), award-winning Australian actress and musician who won a Golden Globe award in 2010
- Ned Collette (b. 1979), Australian singer-songwriter