Collin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

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."

Early Origins of the Collin family

The surname Collin was first found in various counties throughout old Britain. By example, the Hundreorum Rolls of 1273 list William de Colince or Colunce as holding lands at Chadlington, Oxford, and Hugh de Culunce had custody of Pont Orson temp. King John, c. 1200. Ernis de Coulonces married a daughter of William de Warrenne, Earl of Surrey, temp. Henry I. and Hugh de Colonches in 1165, held a barony of four fees. Adam de Coulnce paid a fine to the King in Oxfordshire 1203, and Hugh de Coulnce confirmed lands to Mottisfont Priory [2]

We must look to Somerset to view an early entry for an early phonetic match to the more popular spellings of today. For it is there that John Colyngs was listed as holding lands, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [3]

Down in Cornwall, the Halset manor in Lesnewth, "belonged to the family of Colyn but in the reign of James I. it was the property of Thomas Southcott, Esq. and Mr. Humphrey Brown." [4]

Again in Cornwall, "the manor of Luxulian was in the family of Collins in the reign of Elizabeth, after which it became the property of the Kendalls." [4]

Early History of the Collin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collin research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1576, 1651, 1624, 1711, 1618, 1667, 1623, 1690, 1625, 1683, 1653, 1705, 1697, 1660, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Collin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Collin family (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 (1623-1690), an English Presbyterian theologian, participant in the Savoy Conference, ejected minister, and prolific writer; John Collins (1625-1683), an...
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Ireland Migration of the Collin family to Ireland

Some of the Collin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Collin migration to the United States +

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 [5]
  • Samuel Collin, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [5]
  • 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 [5]
Collin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Collin, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [5]
  • P Collin, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [5]
  • Lawarence Collin, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 [5]
  • Daniel Collin, aged 39, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [5]
  • A Lam Collin, aged 56, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Collin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

Australia Collin migration to Australia +

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

Collin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Collin, (Collins), (b. 1769), aged 66, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in County Kerry, Ireland for life for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Blackwell" on 29th September 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1845 [6]

New Zealand Collin 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:

Collin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Archibald Collin, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Mr. Archibald Collin, South African settler travelling from Cape Town aboard the ship "Eveline" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 22nd January 1865 [7]
  • Mr. Henry Collin, (b. 1853), aged 26, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [8]
  • Mrs. Elna Collin, (b. 1856), aged 23, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [8]
  • Mr. Henry Collin, (b. 1875), aged 4, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Stad Haarlem" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1879 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Collin (post 1700) +

  • Frederick Collin (1850-1939), American lawyer and politician from New York
  • Jean Collin, American politician
  • James Edward Collin (1876-1968), English entomologist who specialised in Diptera
  • George Collin (1905-1989), English footballer
  • Francis John Patrick Collin (b. 1987), English professional footballer
  • Adam James Collin (b. 1984), English football goalkeeper
  • Fernand Collin (1897-1990), Belgian businessman, president of the Kredietbank from 1938 to 1973
  • Elsa Sigrid Collin (1887-1941), Swedish theatre critic, poet and actress
  • Édouard Collin (b. 1987), French actor
  • Leutnant Dieter Collin (1893-1918), German World War I flying ace credited with 13 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Collin +

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

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. 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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackwell
  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


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