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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Collin was formed. The name was derived from the personal name Nicholas. A common diminutive of the name Nicholas was Colin. Saint Collen was a 7th-century monk who gave his name to Llangollen, Denbighshire which translates from the Welsh as "church of the hazel-wood."

Collin Early Origins



The surname Collin was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest and were Lords of the manor having large estates in that shire and in neighboring Herefordshire.

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Collin Spelling Variations


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Collin Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Collin include Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.

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Collin Early History


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Collin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collin research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1576, 1651, 1624, 1711, 1618, 1667, 1623, 1690, 1625, 1683, 1653, 1705, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Collin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Collin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Collin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Collins (1576-1651), an English clergyman and academic, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and Provost of King's College, Cambridge; and his son, John Collins (1624-1711), an English academic and politician; Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), an English poet born in the City of London; John Collinges...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Collin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Collin In Ireland


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Collin In Ireland



Some of the Collin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 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 boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Collin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Collin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Collin, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Samuel Collin, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Pierre Collin, who settled in Carolina from 1695-1696

Collin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Baptiste Collin, who arrived in Louisiana in 1756
  • Peter Collin, who arrived in New York in 1789

Collin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Collin, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • P Collin, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839
  • Lawarence Collin, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844
  • Daniel Collin, aged 39, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • A Lam Collin, aged 56, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Collin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marie Catherine Collin, who arrived in Canada in 1665

Collin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Collin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jack Collin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Collin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Collin, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Collin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Collin (post 1700)



  • Jean Collin, American politician
  • Jean Christophe Collin, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier-General Gaston Collin (1887-1968), French Director of Powder Factory Angoulême (1936)
  • Frank Joseph Collin (b. 1944), leader of the National Socialist Party of America

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Suggested Readings for the name Collin


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Suggested Readings for the name Collin



  • Collison and Cohee Families: Maryland and Delaware to Many States by Hilda Chance.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Collin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Collin 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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