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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 surname Collins was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Collins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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Collins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward 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
  • Thomas Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
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Collins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Collins, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • William Collins, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Margaret 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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  • 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)
  • 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)
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Collins Historic Events



Flight 191

  • 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

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 on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • 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 on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Reginald J Collins (b. 1905), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Weymouth, Dorset, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur R Collins (b. 1916), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Collins, British Stoker 1st Class from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick R H Collins, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Albert Collins, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. James Collins, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Patrick Collins, Irish Fireman from County Cork, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Lord Collins, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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
  • 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
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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