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Collins Family History

Collins Name Meaning
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coileáin and Mac Coileáin (see Cullen 1).English: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Col(l)in, a pet form of Coll, itself a short form of Nicholas.Americanized form of French Colin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Collins Families

  • Number of Collins families
     1,964 - 3,925
     655 - 1,963
     1 - 654
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Collins families
     4,266 - 8,530
     1,423 - 4,265
     1 - 1,422
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Collins families
     609 - 1,216
     204 - 608
     1 - 203
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Collins Family Origin

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Collins Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Collins

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Collins Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Collins Civil War Service Records

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