Collie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Collie has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Collie 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.

Early Origins of the Collie family

The surname Collie 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] The place name literally means "clearing with a hut or shelter," from the Old English "cofa" + "leah." [2]

Alternatively, the name could have originated in Yorkshire as by the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, the following were listed: Adam Coly; Agnes Coly; Rogeris Coly; and Willelmus Coiley as all holding lands there at that time. [3]

John Colley ( fl. 1440), was an early theological writer, "a member of the Carmelite convent at Doncaster. He is said to have been an elegant Latin writer and an eloquent preacher." [4]

Early History of the Collie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collie research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1560, 1554, 1633, 1695, 1633, 1585, 1637, 1621, 1674, 1648, 1700, 1698, 1699, 1685, 1723 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Collie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Collie Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Collie include Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.

Early Notables of the Collie family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Colly (c. 1513-1560), of Dover, Kent, an English politician, Member of Parliament for Dover in 1554. Henry Coley (1633-1695?), was a mathematician and...
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Ireland Migration of the Collie family to Ireland

Some of the Collie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Collie migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Collie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Collie, aged 20, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [5]
Collie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Collie, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [5]

Australia Collie migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Collie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Duncan Collie, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [6]

New Zealand Collie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Collie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Collie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [7]
  • Mrs. Collie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [7]
  • Mr. Donald Collie, (b. 1834), aged 27, Scottish shepherd, from Inverness travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [8]
  • Mrs. Jessie Collie, (b. 1842), aged 19, Scottish settler, from Inverness travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Stuart" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th October 1861 [8]
  • Mr. Collie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ramsey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 17th June 1870 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Collie (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Stokes Collie (b. 1962), German-born, American former NFL football offensive lineman
  • George Mark Collie (b. 1956), American country music artist
  • Austin Kirk Collie (b. 1985), Canadian-born American NFL football wide receiver from Hamilton, Ontario
  • Robert John Collie (1860-1935), Scottish politician, National Liberal Party MP for Glasgow Partick from 1922 to 1923
  • John Collie (b. 1964), New Zealand drummer, best known for his work with the band Straitjacket Fits
  • John Norman Collie FRS (1859-1942), British scientist, mountaineer, and explorer, Fellow of the Royal Society (1896), Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (1897)
  • Dr Alexander Collie (1793-1835), Scottish-born, Australian colonial surgeon and botanist
  • Collie Wilbourne, American politician, Member of the 45th and 46th Texas Legislature

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Cyril Brien Collie (1923-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Bulimba, Queensland, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]


  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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp


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