The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Colsweyn came from the given name Colseinus, an Old Norman name that traveled to England
with the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Colsweyn family
The surname Colsweyn was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Colsweyn family
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Colsweyn Spelling Variations
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 Colsweyn family name include Colseweyn, Colswayn, Colsweyn, Colswayne, Colsueyn, Colswein and many more.
Early Notables of the Colsweyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colsweyn family to the New World and Oceana
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 Colsweyn surname or a spelling variation of the name include: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.