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The history of the name Colly begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Colly was particularly popular in Yorkshire. Nicholas was the name of a popular saint from the fourth century, and was given to many children in England in the Middle Ages.

Colly Early Origins



The surname Colly was first found in Gloucestershire at Coaley, a village in the union of Dursley, Upper division of the hundred of Berkeley which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Couelege and was held by King William. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "clearing with a hut or shelter," from the Old English "cofa" + "leah." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Colly Spelling Variations


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Colly Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Colly has been recorded under many different variations, including Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.

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Colly Early History


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Colly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colly research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1560 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Colly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colly Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colly In Ireland


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Colly In Ireland



Some of the Colly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Colly or a variant listed above:

Colly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Colly, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Walter Colly, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Colly, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • Margaret Colly, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Xtor Colly, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Colly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Colly, who landed in Virginia in 1704

Colly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W Colly, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • I D Colly, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860

Colly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jessie Colly, aged 22, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Lydia Colly, aged 26, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Colly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colly Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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