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Coleman Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Colmáin ‘descendant of Colmán’. This was the name of an Irish missionary to Europe, generally known as St. Columban (c.540–615), who founded the monastery of Bobbio in northern Italy in 614. With his companion St. Gall, he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout central Europe, so that forms of his name were adopted as personal names in Italian (Columbano), French (Colombain), Czech (Kollman), and Hungarian (Kálmán). From all of these surnames are derived. In Irish and English, the name of this saint is identical with diminutives of the name of the 6th-century missionary known in English as St. Columba (521–97), who converted the Picts to Christianity, and who was known in Scandinavian languages as Kalman. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Clumháin ‘descendant of Clumhán’, a personal name from the diminutive of clúmh ‘down’, ‘feathers’. English: occupational name for a burner of charcoal or a gatherer of coal, Middle English coleman, from Old English col ‘(char)coal’ + mann ‘man’. English: occupational name for the servant of a man named Cole. Jewish (Ashkenazic): Americanized form of Kalman. Americanized form of German Kohlmann or Kuhlmann.

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

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

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Coleman Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Coleman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Coleman Family Origin

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Coleman Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Coleman family was Keeping House. The most common Coleman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Coleman's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Coleman.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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Coleman Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 89,000 immigration records available for the last name Coleman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 185,000 military records available for the last name Coleman. For the veterans among your Coleman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Coleman Life Expectancy

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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