Collins Name History

Collins Irish Coat of Arms


Collins roots in Ireland and Britain

The surname Collins has a variety of likely origins in Britain and Ireland:

Alternative spellings or related surnames include Collin, Colling, Coling, Collings, Colings, Collis, Coliss, Collen, and Collens.

Collins in early historical records

The earliest documented evidence of the name in England dates back as far as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries where several instances have been recorded. One Colinus de Andresia appears in the pipe rolls of Berkshire in 1191, while a Colinus is mentioned in Hartopp's Register of the Freeman of Leicester recorded in 1196. The name Colinc is also mentioned several times in the Domesday Book. The personal name Colin from which the surname derives has an even older history; Ceawlin, the king of the West Saxons, Caelin, a brother of St Chad, and the early Welsh saint, Kollen, all have names related to Colin. In Ireland, Collins may be regarded as a genuinely indigenous Irish name; in fact, it is one of the most numerous surnames, ranked number 30.

Variant Spellings of the Irish surname Collins include Collin, Collings, Colling, Collis, Coullins, Caullings, Caullis, Colins, Colings, Coliss, and many more.

More about Collins family crest and name history

The Collins history is long and storied. We have two heirloom-quality products that provide detailed information on the Collins coat of arms and name.

We also carry many other products, including clothing, glassware, flags and more, all of which can be personalized with the Collins coat of arms and surname. Visit our Irish Coat of Arms page for great gift ideas.

Find a Collins pub in Ireland

Where better to take a selfie than in front of Collins Pub in Ireland? You can find at least three pubs in Ireland bearing the Collins name:

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Notable people named Collins

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