Collis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Collis name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived 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 Collis family

The surname Collis 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]

Important Dates for the Collis family

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

Collis Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Collis family name include Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.

Early Notables of the Collis 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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Migration of the Collis family to Ireland

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

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Collis surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Collis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Collis, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [5]
  • Tho Collis, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [5]
  • William Collis, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [5]
  • John Collis, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [5]
Collis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ambrose Collis, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [5]
  • Thomas Collis, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [5]
  • Williams Collis, who landed in America in 1760-1763 [5]
Collis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Raphael Collis, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1858 [5]

Collis migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Collis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Collis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Collis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Judith Collis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Collis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • George Collis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Collis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Collis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835

Collis migration to Australia

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

Collis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Collis, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Ann Collis, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Ann Collis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [8]
  • Florence Collis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851 [9]
  • Kathleen Collis, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851 [9]
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Collis 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:

Collis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Collis, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • J D Collis, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Collis, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Ann Collis, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Harriet Collis, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Collis (post 1700)

  • Shannon Collis (b. 1986), American television actress
  • Stephen Philip Collis (b. 1981), English professional football goalkeeper
  • John Collis (b. 1944), British prehistorian
  • James Collis VC (1856-1918), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Susan Collis (b. 1956), British contemporary artist
  • William Robert Fitzgerald Collis (1900-1975), Irish doctor and writer
  • Gordon Collis (b. 1940), former Australian rules footballer
  • Dean Collis (b. 1985), Australian professional rugby league player
  • John Collis Snaith (1876-1936), English first-class cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire in 1900
  • The Hon. Sir William Collis Meredith Kt. Q.C., D.C.L. (1812-1894), Irish-born, Canadian Chief Justice of the Superior Court for the Province of Quebec

Historic Events for the Collis family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Gordon V Collis (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Westhampnett, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Edwin Martin Collis, American 2nd Class passenger from Riverside, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]

Citations

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  9. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1851 from London 12 05 1851 and southampton with Captain Roskell, arrived Port Adelaide on 1-09-1851. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Asia.htm
  10. ^ 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
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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