Show ContentsCollman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, many Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The Collman surname stems from two distinct Gaelic names O'Clúmháin, derived from the Irish root "clúmh," meaning "down," or "feathers," and from O Colmain, derived the Latin word "columba," which means "dove." [1]

Early Origins of the Collman family

The surname Collman was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they were a sept of O'Colmain, a branch of Hy Fiachrach. [2]

Early History of the Collman family

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Collman Spelling Variations

The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of the Middle Ages in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Collman dating from that time include Colman, Coleman, O'Colman, MacColeman, McColeman, Coalman, Coulman, Colemen, Colmen, Coalmen, Colmin, Colmen, Coulmen, Coulmin, Colemin and many more.

Early Notables of the Collman family (pre 1700)

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Collman Ranking

In the United States, the name Collman is the 15,885th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Collman migration to the United States +

In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Collman or a variant listed above, including:

Collman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Collman, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [4]
  • Hindrich Collman, who arrived in Delaware in 1693 [4]
Collman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Collman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740 [4]
Collman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Conrad Collman, who landed in Iowa in 1876 [4]

Australia Collman migration to Australia +

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

Collman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Lawrence Collman, English clerk who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years for embezzlement, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1842 [5]

New Zealand Collman 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:

Collman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Collman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Collman (post 1700) +

  • James P. Collman (b. 1932), American Professor of Chemistry, professor emeritus at Stanford University

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  2. MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 7th November 2010). Retrieved from on Facebook