Kolman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Kolman emerged in the lands that formed the modern state of Lower Saxony, which is presently bordered by the North Sea, the Hartz mountains and the Elbe and Ems rivers. Lower Saxony was previously a medieval Saxon dukedom. The name Kolman, which is a local surname, reveals that the original bearer of the name once lived, held land, or was born in this beautiful region of Lower Saxony. In the Holy Roman Empire, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and after the 12th century, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread.

Early Origins of the Kolman family

The surname Kolman was first found in Bremen, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Ancient chronicles first mention Herman Kalleman of Bremen in the year 1476. The medieval German word "Kalle" referred to water, and was taken on in various forms as a surname all along the North Sea coast and in Westphalia. Thus chronicles also mention Johann von Calle of Bremen in 1313. Bremen, including the port city Bremerhaven, is Germany's smallest state. A bishop's residence since 787, Bremen became an archbishop's seat in 847. As early as 1358 Bremen held the status of a "Reichsstadt," an Imperial City that was subject only to the Emperor. Although some of its surrounding territory belonged to Sweden after 1648, as well as to the Kingdom of Hannover in 1715, Bremen entered the German Federation in 1815 as a Free City. Bremen was not built by Dukes or Kings, but by its own citizens -- bearers of the name participated in this city's rise to prominence as a trading center.

Early History of the Kolman family

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Kolman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kalman, Kalmann, Kahlmann, Kahlman, Kallman, Kallemann, Kalleman, Calman, Calmann, Callmann, Callman, Cahlmann and many more.

Early Notables of the Kolman family (pre 1700)

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United States Kolman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kolman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abraham Kolman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [1]
  • Johannes Kolman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1778 [1]
Kolman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R Kolman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804 [1]
  • Anthony Kolman, aged 37, who landed in Washington, DC in 1808 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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