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The origins of the name Colley are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Colley was particularly popular in Yorkshire. Nicholas was the name of a popular saint from the fourth century, and was given to many children in England in the Middle Ages.

Colley Early Origins



The surname Colley was first found in Gloucestershire at Coaley, a village in the union of Dursley, Upper division of the hundred of Berkeley which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Couelege and was held by King William. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "clearing with a hut or shelter," from the Old English "cofa" + "leah." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Colley Spelling Variations


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Colley Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Colley has been spelled many different ways, including Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.

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Colley Early History


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Colley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colley research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1560 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Colley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colley Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colley In Ireland


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Colley In Ireland



Some of the Colley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words (15 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Colleys to arrive in North America:

Colley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Colley and his family who settled in Barbados in 1680
  • John Colley and his wife Susan moved to Philadelphia in 1683

Colley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Silvanus Colley, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Jonathan Colley, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Michael Colley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Colley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Colley, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1809
  • William Colley, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • John Colley, who landed in Mississippi in 1842
  • Dennis Colley, aged 23, landed in New York in 1854
  • George Colley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870

Colley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Colley, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • James Colley arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF Northumberland - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  • James Colley, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Phillip Colley, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Elizabeth Colley, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colley (post 1700)



  • Scott Colley (b. 1963), American jazz double bassist and composer
  • Sarah Ophelia Colley (1912-1996), birth name of Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, better known as Minnie Pearl, an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991
  • Samuel Gerish Colley (1807-1890), American farmer, sheriff, politician
  • Randy Colley (b. 1950), American retired professional wrestler, known by his ring name Moondog Rex
  • Kevin Colley (b. 1979), retired American NHL ice hockey right winger who played from 1999 to 2006, awarded the Bob Nystrom Award in 2006
  • John Edward Colley (b. 1948), birth name of John Ford Coley, an American singer, pianist, guitarist and actor, member of the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley
  • Russell Colley (1899-1996), American designer of the spacesuits worn by the Mercury astronauts
  • Kenneth Colley (b. 1937), English actor, best known for his role as Admiral Piett in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • William Dixon Colley (1913-2001), Gambian journalist, publisher and editor, co-founder and first Chairman of the Gambia Press Union (GPU)
  • Robert Charles Colley (b. 1954), New Zealand bronze medalist boxer at the 1974 Commonwealth Games, a competitor at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Colley Historic Events


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Colley Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Edward Pomeroy Colley (d. 1912), aged 37, Irish First Class passenger from Dublin, Ireland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. 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).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Colley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colley 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.

This page was last modified on 29 June 2016 at 08:42.

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