Collvins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Collvins family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Collvins comes from the Old Welsh names Colwin and Coluin. The name Coluinus was recorded in Devon in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Early Origins of the Collvins family

The surname Collvins was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Collvins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Collvins research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1040, 1066, 1086, and 1845 are included under the topic Early Collvins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Collvins Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Collvins include Colvin, Colvinne, Calvin, Coulvin, Cowlvin, Colvine, Calvine, Caulvin, Colwin, Calwin, Caulwin, Colwine, Calwine, Callvine, Callvin, Callwin, Collwin and many more.

Early Notables of the Collvins family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Sidney Colvin (1845-1927), an Englishman born in Norwood, Surrey also led a remarkable life. He was an English scholar who studied at Trinity College in Cambridge and went on to become a noted professor of fine art at Cambridge. As...
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Ireland Migration of the Collvins family to Ireland

Some of the Collvins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Collvins family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Collvins or a variant listed above: William Colvin settled in Maryland in 1714; Hugh Colvin settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; followed by Charles, James, Jane, John, Robert and William Colvin, all settled in Philadelphia between 1811 and 1856.

The Collvins Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In hoc signo vinces
Motto Translation: Under this sign thou shall conquer. on Facebook
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