Collison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Collison is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from son of Collie which is a diminutive of Nicholas.

Early Origins of the Collison family

The surname Collison was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Collison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collison research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1449, 1531, 1584, 1596, and 1674 are included under the topic Early Collison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Collison Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Collison has appeared Collison, Collisone, Colesoun, Colison, Colisone, Caullison, Cawlison, Cawllison, Colleson, Coleson, Collisoun, Collisson and many more.

Early Notables of the Collison family (pre 1700)

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Collison migration to the United States

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Collison name:

Collison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Miles Collison who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Miles Collison, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • Eliza Collison, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Eliza Collison, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • John Collison, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Collison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Collison, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Thomas Collison, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • John Collison, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1848

Collison migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Collison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Collison U.E. who settled in Matilda, Dundas County, Ontario c. 1783 [2]
Collison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • F. O. Collison, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Collison migration to Australia

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

Collison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Collison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [3]
  • George Collison, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [4]

Collison 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:

Collison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Collison, aged 33, a shoemaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Janet Collison, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Mr. Edward Collison, (b. 1848), aged 20, British ploughman travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Collison (post 1700)

  • Frank Collison (b. 1950), American actor, best known for his portrayal as Horace Bing in the series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • Wilson Collison (1893-1941), American author and playwright from Beverly Hills, California
  • Nicholas John "Nick" Collison (b. 1980), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Darren Michael Collison (b. 1987), American professional NBA basketball point guard
  • Levi Collison (1875-1965), English art publisher, printer and politician
  • Harold Collison (1909-1995), Baron Collison, a British trade unionist
  • Meghan Collison (b. 1988), Canadian fashion model from Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jack David Collison (b. 1988), Welsh international footballer
  • William Henry Collison (1847-1922), Anglican missionary in British Columbia, Canada
  • Rev. George Collison (1772-1847), English Congregationalist and educator

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  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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