Collins Family Crest


Collins family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Collins family crest


Or (Gold) - signifies the historical generosity of this ancient family.

Vert (green) - symbolizes Collins family members loyalty in love and hope for the future

Argent (silver) - represents the Collins family reputation for sincerity and peace since the middle ages.




 Meaning of the symbols on the Collins family crest 

The Griffin - this ancient symbol represents bravery and the death-defying nature of Collins family members through the ages.

It is a homage to the Collin's family reputation for immense strength in war and times of unrest. 


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Origins of the Collins family name

The name Collins is of Irish origin. It has been found in Ireland since the early 12th century.
There are two suspected places from which the name may come. 
It may have been brought to the country by Norman settlers. The name is derived from the Latin word "collis", meaning "hill".
The second origin may be from the medieval Gaelic name 'Ua Cuilein', with Cuilein being a term of endearment meaning Darling'  

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Summary of the Collins family and the Collins family crest

  • An ancient name from medieval times that is most easily traced back to Celtic Ireland.
  • The Collins family name can be officially traced back to the early 12th century, but it is suspected that it emerged long before this.
  • The name has been borne by many notable Irish figures, including writers, politicians, and military leaders.
    • The first offically recorded use of the Collins surname was in 1166.
    • The first Collins family coat of arms was granted in 1297.
    • The family was one of the original families of the Irish Plantation of Ulster in Ireland.
    • The Collins family were also one of the fourteen families that participated in the 1641 Rebellion in Ireland.
    • The Collins family were granted a baronetcy in 1661.
    • The family name Collins came to America in 1630.
    • The first person in America with the surname Collins in America was Capt. Francis Collins, who arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.
    • Today, the name is still common in Ireland and the United States, thanks to the Irish diaspora that arrived there in the 1600's.