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Coleman Name Meaning

Irish and English: from the Middle English personal name Col(e)man Old Irish Colmán earlier Columbán adopted as Old Norse Kalman. It was introduced into Cumbria Westmorland and Yorkshire by Norwegians from Ireland and probably spread widely across England. Ó Colmáin (‘descendant of Colmán’) was the name of an Irish missionary to Europe also known as Saint Columban(us) (c. 540–615) who founded the monastery of Bobbio in northern Italy in 61 Columbanus is formally a derivative of the Latin for ‘dove’ seen in the name of the 6th-century missionary known in English as Saint Columba (521–597) who converted the Picts to Christianity. This surname is also very common among African Americans. Irish: from Mac Colmáin or Ó Colmáin ‘son (or descendant) of Colmán’. Americanized form of Jewish (Ashkenazic) Kalman or Kolman . Americanized form of German Kohlmann or Kuhlmann . Americanized form of Dutch Kolman or its variants Koolman and Colman . Americanized form of Slovenian Croatian Czech Slovak and Polish Kolman . Compare Colman .7: Americanized form of Finnish Kolehmainen an old surname of uncertain meaning recorded since the 16th century in Savonia in the east of Finland from where it has spread early to Kainuu and central Finland.

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


Similar surnames: Copeman, Kolman, Coltman, Collman, Colman, Goleman, Calman, Colgan

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You can see how Coleman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Coleman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Coleman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 239 Coleman families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Coleman's in USA. New York had the highest population of Coleman families in 1840.
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What did your Coleman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Coleman. 19% of Coleman men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Coleman women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Coleman were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
  • Housewife
    5%
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What is the average Coleman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Coleman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Coleman in 1940 was 31, and 72 in 2004.

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