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)

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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 [1]
  • Peeler Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1621 [1]
  • Josias Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Petter Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • Walter Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Diana Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Sara Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Mattw Collins, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Thomas Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • William Collins, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Margaret Collins, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Patrick Collins, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Bartholomew Collins, aged 44, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (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 [2]
  • Mr. William Collins, (b. 1778), aged 19, English butcher who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia he died in 1801 [3]
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 [4]
  • Dennis Collins, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • 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 [4]
  • Francis Collins, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • John Collins, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • ... (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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Collins (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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) [7]
  • ... (Another 35 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 [8]
  • 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 [8]
Flight 191
  • Mrs. Sara Collins, American passenger from Buffalo, New York, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [9]
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 [10]
  • 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 [10]
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 [11]
  • 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 [11]
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 [12]
  • Mr. Frederick R H Collins, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert Collins, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
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 [14]
  • 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 [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Collins, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Patrick Collins, Irish Fireman from County Cork, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. James Lord Collins, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
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 [16]
  • 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 [16]
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 [17]
  • 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 [17]


Suggested Readings for the name Collins +

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

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 23) Vivian Collins. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Collins/Vivian_Bramble/USA.html
  8. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  9. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  10. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  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
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  16. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  17. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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