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The history of the Colon name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the personal name Nicholas. A common diminutive of the name Nicholas was Colin. Saint Collen was a 7th-century monk who gave his name to Llangollen, Denbighshire which translates from the Welsh as "church of the hazel-wood."


The surname Colon was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat before the Norman Conquest and were Lords of the manor having large estates in that shire and in neighboring Herefordshire.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Colon family name include Collins, Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Caullins, Caulling, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colon research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1576, 1651, 1624, 1711, 1618, 1667, 1623, 1690, 1625, 1683, 1653, 1705, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Colon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Collins (1576-1651), an English clergyman and academic, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge and Provost of King's College, Cambridge; and his son, John Collins (1624-1711), an English academic and politician; Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), an English poet born in the City of London; John Collinges...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Colon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Colon surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Colon Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Nicasio Colon arrived in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1535

Colon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nicholas Colon, aged 19, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • William Colon, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • Michael Colon, who landed in Maryland in 1682

Colon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Colon, aged 22, landed in America in 1822
  • Nicasio Colon, who arrived in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1835
  • Martin Colon, aged 34, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851
  • Martin Colon who arrived in New Orleans in 1851
  • Juan Ramon Colon who settled in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • ...

  • Willie Colon (b. 1983), American football offensive guard for the New York Jets
  • Luis Alfredo Colón (b. 1916), American lawyer and politician, New York State senator
  • Rafael Hernández Colón (b. 1936), American politician, Member of Puerto Rico senate, 1969-72; Governor of Puerto Rico, 1973-77, 1985-93
  • Luisette Cabañas Colon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 2004, 2008; Puerto Rico Democratic Party vice-chair, 2008
  • Ismael Amador Colón (b. 1894), American chemist
  • Carlos Edwin Colon Sr. (b. 1948), American professional wrestler from Puerto Rico
  • William Anthony Colon (b. 1950), Puerto Rican salsa music icon
  • Bartolo Colon (b. 1973), Major League Baseball starting pitcher from Dominican Republic

  • The Ancestry and Descendants of Christopher Columbus by Charles Maduell.

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    Other References

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    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Colon Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Colon 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 May 2016 at 14:00.

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