Collingham is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Collingham family lived in Yorkshire
. They lived in Collingham, in a parish near Wetherby, as Lords of the Manor of Collingham.
Early Origins of the Collingham family
The surname Collingham was first found in West Yorkshire
at Collingham, a village and civil parish bounded on the north by the river Wharf and comprises about 2,500 acres. The village dates back to 1167, when it was listed as Col(l)ingeham. North and South Collingham, Nottinghamshire
actually date back further to the Domesday Book
where they were listed as the one village of Colingeham. All have the same meaning of "homestead or village of a family or followers of a man called Col or Cola", having derived from the Old English personal name
+ ham. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Further to the north in Scotland, Coldingham is a parish in Berwickshire. "This place, of which the name is of doubtful derivation, has a claim to very remote antiquity, and appears to have originally acquired distinction from the erection of a nunnery, in the seventh century, by Ebba, daughter of Ethelfrith, King of Northumbria. The monastery of Coldingham is said to have been founded by Edgar, King of Scotland, about the year 1100." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Collingham family
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Collingham Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Collingham, Colingeham, Coldingham
, Kollyngeham, Colyngham, Colingam and many more.
Early Notables of the Collingham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Collingham family to Ireland
Some of the Collingham family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Collingham family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Collingham or a variant listed above: John Collingam who sailed to Maryland in 1673.
Contemporary Notables of the name Collingham (post 1700)
- Joseph Collingham, English co-founder of Mawyer & Collingham, a department store located in Lincoln, England in 1829, now owned by the House of Fraser
- C.C. Collingham, British writer, known for his play A Royal Divorce (1926)