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Where did the English Collins family come from? What is the English Collins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Collins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Collins family history?

The name Collins is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes 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."

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Collins has been spelled many different ways, including Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.

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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collins 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 Collins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 209 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Collins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Collins 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.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Collinss to arrive in North America:

Collins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Susan Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1613
  • Peeler Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Josias Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Petter Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Walter Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635


Collins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edwd Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Diana Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Sara Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Mattw Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Thos Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1716


Collins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Collins, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Wm Collins, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Margt Collins, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Patrick Collins, who landed in America in 1812
  • Bartholomew Collins, aged 44, landed in New York in 1812


Collins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Laurance Collins, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Lawrence Collins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Laurence Collins, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
  • Mr. Alexander Collins U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Mr. Benjamin Collins, "Collings" U.E who settled in Woodstock, New Brunswick c. 1783 then Nashwaak, New Brunswick he served in DeLancey's 1st Battalion, married to Ann Gibson


Collins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • David Collins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Catherine Collins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Patrick Collins, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Matthew Collins, aged 28, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Quintin Leitch" in 1833
  • Susan Collins, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Quintin Leitch" in 1833


Collins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Dennis Collins, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Francis Collins, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Collins, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Patrick Collins, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Edward Collins, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila


Collins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Power Collins landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • R Collins landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Clifton
  • James Collins landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Collins, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • James Collins, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841


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  • Jacqueline Jill "Jackie" Collins OBE (1937-2015), British-American romance novelist who wrote 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, younger sister of actress Joan Collins
  • Addie Mae Collins (1949-1963), American Baptist parishioner who was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that the U.S. Congress can award a civilian
  • Mrs. Sara Collins, American passenger from Buffalo, New York, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Gary Ennis Collins (1938-2012), American six-time Emmy nominated film and television actor
  • Brigadier-General Vivian Bramble Collins (1883-1955), American Director Selective Service System Florida (1941-1946)
  • Brigadier-General Stewart Garfield Collins (1880-1966), American Commanding Officer 68th Infantry Brigade (1941-1942)
  • Brigadier-General Leroy Pierce Collins (1883-1981), American Commanding General US Forces Northern Ireland (1942-1945)
  • General Joseph Lawton Collins (1896-1987), American US Representative NATO Military Committee (1953-1955)
  • Major-General James Lawton Collins (1882-1963), American Commanding General 5th Service Command (1943-1946)
  • General James Francis Collins (1905-1989), American Commander in Chief US Army Pacific (1961-1964)

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  • Collins Ancestry by Mabel Thacher Rosemary Washburn.
  • The Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies by Mary Collins Landin.
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The Collins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Collins 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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