Early Origins of the Collitton family
The surname Collitton was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Coleton, held by Warin from his overlord Iudhael of Totnes, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Collitton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collitton research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1664, 1700, 1608, 1666, 1682, 1635, 1694, 1681, 1685, 1689, 1694, 1669, 1754, 1172 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Collitton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Collitton Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Colleton, Coleton, Culleton, Culliton, Collaton, Cullaton, O'Culleton, O'Colleton, MacColleton, MacCulliton and many more.
Early Notables of the Collitton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Colleton, 1st Baronet
(1608-1666), English Royalist officer to King Charles I during the English Civil War, his holdings were seized when the Cavaliers were defeated by Parliamentary forces, but during the Restoration, Colleton was one of eight... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Collitton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Collitton family to Ireland
Some of the Collitton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Collitton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands. Many settled in Newfoundland..