The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Coollay came from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col
was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Coollay 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.
Early Origins of the Coollay family
The surname Coollay 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. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Coollay family
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Coollay 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. Coollay has been recorded under many different variations, including Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.
Early Notables of the Coollay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coollay family to Ireland
Some of the Coollay 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.
Migration of the Coollay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Coollay or a variant listed above: Thomas Colley and his family who settled in Barbados in 1680; and three years later John Colley and his wife Susan moved to Philadelphia.