Collier Family Crest / Collier Coat of Arms

Collier Family Crest

Collier Family Crest


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Origin Displayed: English

Where did the English Collier family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Collier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

The ancestors of the Collier family name lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The surname Collier is derived from the Old English word “col,” which means “coal;” as such it is thought to have originally been an occupational name for a burner of charcoal or a gatherer or seller of coal.

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. Collier has been recorded under many different variations, including Collier, Collyer, Colier, Colyer, Colyar, Colyear and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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 Collier or a variant listed above: William Collier who settled in Duxbury in 1633; Thomas Collier settled in Hingham Mass. in 1635; John Coller, who came to Maryland in 1653; Jeremiah Coller, who settled in Maryland in 1660.

Motto Translated: No one is happy but by the cross.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Collier

    * Barron Gift Collier, American advertising entrepreneur
    * John Collier (1708-1786), English-born American short story writer and novelist
    * Lucille Ann Collier (b. 1919), original name of American Ann Miller
    * Robert Porrett Collier, 1st Baron Monkswell, English judge
    * John Collier (1850-1934), English painter
    * Arthur Collier (1680-1732), English philosopher
    * Jeremy Collier (1650-1726), English clergyman
    * Air Marshall Sir Conrad Collier,
    * Dr. William Collier, Physician
    * Sir Lawrence Collier, Diplomat