Collins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Although Collins is a common English name, Collins is also an indigenous Irish name, derived from the Irish Gaelic "O'Coileain."

Early Origins of the Collins family

The surname Collins was first found in North Desmond the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, later part of County Limerick, where they were lords of the baronies of Connello and lords of Eighter Conghalach (Lower Connello). By the 13th century, they had moved south and settled in West Cork, having been driven out of their original territories by the Geraldines.

Early History of the Collins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collins research. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1602, 1754, and 1817 are included under the topic Early Collins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Collins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Collins, Colins, O'Cullane, Cullane and others.

Early Notables of the Collins family (pre 1700)

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Collins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Collins World Ranking

In the United States, the name Collins is the 50th most popular surname with an estimated 333,258 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Collins is ranked the 123rd most popular surname with an estimated 25,134 people with that name. [2] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Collins is the 940th popular surname. [3] Newfoundland, Canada ranks Collins as 26th with 706 people. [4] France ranks Collins as 7,435th with 1,000 - 1,500 people. [5] Australia ranks Collins as 51st with 38,969 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Collins as 72nd with 4,731 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Collins as 63rd with 71,214 people. [8] South Africa ranks Collins as 890th with 7,808 people. [9]


United States Collins migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Collins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susan Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1613 [10]
  • Peeler Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [10]
  • Josias Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [10]
  • Petter Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [10]
  • Walter Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Collins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [10]
  • Diana Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [10]
  • Sara Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [10]
  • Mattw Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [10]
  • Thomas Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Collins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Collins, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [10]
  • William Collins, who arrived in America in 1805 [10]
  • Margaret Collins, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [10]
  • Patrick Collins, who landed in America in 1812 [10]
  • Bartholomew Collins, aged 44, who landed in New York in 1812 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Collins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. George H. Collins, (b. 1875), aged 25, Cornish mason travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 29th August 1900 en route to Columbus, Ohio, USA [11]
  • Mr. Walter H. Collins, (b. 1882), aged 18, Cornish plumber travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 29th August 1900 en route to Columbus, Ohio, USA [11]
  • Mrs. Kate Collins, (b. 1843), aged 57, Cornish teacher travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th April 1900 en route to Cherokee, Iowa, USA [11]
  • Miss Louisa Collins, (b. 1882), aged 18, Cornish teacher travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th April 1900 en route to Cherokee, Iowa, USA [11]
  • Mr. Daniel Collins, (b. 1842), aged 60, Cornish settler from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Teutonic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 6th August 1902 en route to Michigan, USA [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Collins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Collins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Collins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Laurance Collins, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Peter Collins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Lawrence Collins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margaret Collins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Collins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Collins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Edward Collins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Jeremiah Collins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Thomas Collins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Catherine Collins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Collins migration to Australia +

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

Collins Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Collins, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 15th July 1790, sentenced for 7 years for stealing one iron furze hook, transported Atlantic" on 27th March 1791 to New South Wales, Australia [12]
Collins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Collins, Irish convict who was convicted in Dundalk, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Dennis Collins, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Richard Collins, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Francis Collins, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • John Collins, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Collins 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:

Collins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Power Collins, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • R Collins, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Clifton
  • James Collins, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Collins, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • James Collins, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Collins migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [16]
Collins Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Walter Collins, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [17]
  • Charles Collins, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, two children, and servants
Collins Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Collins, (b. 1866), aged 26, Cornish rope maker travelling aboard the ship "Majestic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 28th January 1892 en route to Havana, Cuba [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Collins (post 1700) +

  • Thurmon Lavelle "Bobby" Collins Jr. (1933-2021), American college football head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi and Southern Methodist University, 2 SWC (1982–1984)
  • Barbara-Rose Collins (1939-2021), American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan and the first black woman from Michigan to be elected to Congress
  • Michael Collins (1930-2021), American (Italian born) astronaut who flew on Apollo 11 and Gemini 10 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom [18]
  • Suzanne Collins (b. 1962), American television writer and author best known for the Hunger Games series
  • James Earl "Jimmy" Collins (1946-2020), American basketball player and coach who was born and raised in Syracuse, New York
  • Michael Allen "Mac" Collins (1944-2018), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia (2003-2005) and (1993-2003)
  • Richard Lawrence Collins (1933-2018), American aviation author and journalist, Editor in Chief for Flying magazine
  • Donald F. Collins (1925-2018), American Republican politician from Maine who served five terms in the Maine Legislature between 1970 and 1992
  • Cathleen Collins (b. 1956), birth name of Bo Derek, American film actress and model
  • Arthur Worth "Bud" Collins Jr. (1929-2016), American journalist and television sportscaster
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Capt. Thomas James Collins (1934-1979), New Zealander Captain, from Auckland, New Zealand working aboard the Air New Zealand sightseeing Flight 901 when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [19]
  • Mr. Martin John Collins (d. 1979), New Zealander Purser, from Auckland, New Zealand working aboard the Air New Zealand sightseeing Flight 901 when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [19]
Flight 191
  • Mrs. Sara Collins, American passenger from Buffalo, New York, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [20]
Hillsborough disaster
  • Gary Collins (1966-1989), English quality controller who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [21]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Charles Ernest Collins (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mr. William Henry Collins (1912-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Hunter's Hill, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [22]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald J Collins (b. 1905), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Weymouth, Dorset, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [23]
  • Mr. Arthur R Collins (b. 1916), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [23]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Collins, British Stoker 1st Class from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [24]
  • Mr. Frederick R H Collins, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [24]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert Collins, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [25]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert Leslie Collins (1916-1939), British Leading Sick Berth Attendant with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [26]
  • George Alfred Collins (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [26]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Collins, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [27]
  • Mr. Patrick Collins, Irish Fireman from County Cork, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [27]
  • Mr. James Lord Collins, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [27]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Collins, aged 17, Irish Scullion from Belfast, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in collapsible B [28]
  • Mr. John Collins, aged 38, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 1 [28]
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Jesse Collins (b. 1884), Newfoundlander from New Harbour, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
  • Mr. Wesley Collins, Newfoundlander from New Town, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived
  • Mr. Fred Collins (1893-1914), Newfoundlander from Newport, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he died during this time
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Austin Collins, American Shipfitter Third Class from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [29]
  • Mr. Billy Murl Collins, American Seaman First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [29]


Suggested Readings for the name Collins +

  • Collins Ancestry by Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn.
  • The Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies by Mary Collins Landin.

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