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The name Collier finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a person who made or sold charcoal. The surname Collier is derived from the Old English word col, which means coal; as such it is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a burner of charcoal or a gatherer or seller of coal. 
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. Collier has been recorded under many different variations, including Collier, Collyer, Colier, Colyer, Colyar, Colyear and many more.
First found in Lancashire where one of the first records of the name was Ranulf Colier listed there in 1150. A few years later, Bernard le Coliere was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Somerset in 1172.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 revealed: Henry le Colyer in Buckinghamshire; Robert le Coliere in Bedfordshire; and Thomas le Colier in Huntingdonshire. Over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls list: Adam Colier; and Benedictus Colier. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collier research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1350, 1685, 1677, 1622, 1678, 1656, 1730, 1699, 1680, 1732, 1650 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Collier History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 203 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Collier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Collier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Collier or a variant listed above:
Collier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Daniell Collier, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
- William Collier (ca.1585–1671), English grocer who was one of the few London Adventurers to voyage to New England settling at Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1633, later to become Assistant Governor in the Plymouth Colony
- Thomas Collier settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1635
- Henry Collier, who landed in Virginia in 1648
- William Collier, who landed in Maryland in 1649
Collier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Sara Collier, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
Collier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Nicholas Collier, who landed in New York in 1835
- Johann Collier, aged 45, arrived in America in 1846
- Jacob Collier, aged 23, arrived in Missouri in 1847
- Dr. Collier, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- C W Collier, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
Collier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Christopher Collier, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- John Collier, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Ralph Collier, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Rd Collier, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Joseph Collier, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Collier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Collier, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- William Collier, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Thomas Collier, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money"
- Thomas Collier, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
- Thurza Collier, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
Collier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Collier landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- James Collier landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Robert Collier landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- George Collier, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
- Elizabeth Collier, aged 40, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
- Brigadier-General William Albert Collier (1896-1984), American Chief of Staff US European Theater of Operations (1944-1946)
- Lieutenant-General John Howell Collier (1898-1980), American Commanding General 4th Army (1955-1958)
- Constance Collier (1878-1955), British-born American film actress
- Christopher Collier (b. 1930), American historian and author
- John Collier (1708-1786), English-born American short story writer and novelist
- Barron Gift Collier (1873-1939), American advertising entrepreneur
- Lucille Ann Collier (1923-2004), original name of Ann Miller, American singer, dancer and actress
- Sir George Collier (1774-1824), 1st Baronet, Royal Navy officer
- Robert Porrett Collier, 1st Baron Monkswell, English judge
- John Collier (1850-1934), English painter
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nemo sine cruce beatus
Motto Translation: No one is happy but by the cross.
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The Collier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Collier 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.
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