Collings History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Collings was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes 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 Collings family

The surname Collings 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 Collings family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collings 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 Collings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Collings Spelling Variations

Collings has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Collings have been found, including Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.

Early Notables of the Collings 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 Collings family to Ireland

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

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Collingss to arrive on North American shores:

Collings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Collings, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [5]
  • William Collings, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [5]
  • Cha Collings, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [5]
  • Eliz Collings, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [5]
  • John Collings, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Collings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jane Collings, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Tho Collings, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [5]
  • Daniel Collings, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • Anthony Collings, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [5]
  • George Collings, who landed in New England in 1737 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Collings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Collings, who arrived in America in 1801 [5]
  • Michael Collings, who arrived in America in 1804 [5]
  • James Collings, who arrived in America in 1805 [5]
  • R Collings, who landed in America in 1830 [5]
  • J Collings, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Collings migration to Australia +

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

Collings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Collings born in Saltash, Cornwall, UK convicted in Saltash on 21st October 1842, sentenced for 7 years for stealing fabrics, transported aboard the ship "Margaret" in 1842 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Henry Collings, (b. 1811), aged 30, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 4th August 1841, sentenced for 10 years for stealing meat, transported aboard the ship "Moffatt" on 10th August 1842 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Collings, (b. 1822), aged 20, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 21st October 1842, sentenced for 7 years for stealing fustian and calico from Mr. Peters at Native Place, transported aboard the ship "Margaret" on 24th December 1842 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Emma Collings, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [8]
  • Mr. John Collings, Cornish labourer who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Essex" in 1840 convicted at Goulburn Gaol on 30th April 1855 [9]
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New Zealand Collings 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:

Collings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Collings, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Collings (post 1700) +

  • Robert F. Collings, American benefactor, co-founder of The Collings Foundation, a private non-profit educational foundation in Stow, Massachusetts
  • Jesse Collings (1831-1920), English politician, Mayor of Birmingham
  • Norman Edward "Norm Dodger" Collings (b. 1910), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey left winger
  • Mike Collings, New Zealand silver medalist sport shooter at the 2010 Commonwealth Games
  • Thomas William Ralph Collings (b. 1991), retired Anglican bishop, 7th Bishop of Keewatin
  • Raymond William Collings (1908-1973), British bobsledder at the 1948 Winter Olympics
  • Marie Collings (1791-1853), Dame of Sark, Guernsey (1852 to 1853)
  • Benita Collings (b. 1940), Australian television and film actor and television presenter for Play School on the ABC network
  • Joseph Silver "Joe" Collings (1865-1955), Australian politician, Senator for Queensland (1932 to 1950)
  • Matthew Collings (b. 1955), British art critic, writer, broadcaster, and artist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Samuel Charles  Collings (1868-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. John P Collings (b. 1940), English Midshipman (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Barnstaple, Devon, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]


  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Caspar.htm
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_gaol_admissions.pdf
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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