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Colin Family History

Colin Name Meaning

French Walloon and Breton: from a French shortened pet form of the personal name Nicolas (see Nicholas ). This surname is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium. English: from the personal name Colin a diminutive of Col itself a pet form of Nicholas . Irish and Scottish: from the Irish personal name Coileán or Coilín meaning ‘young hound’ or from the Scottish Gaelic equivalent Cailean.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Collin, Jolin, Olin, Polin, Colen, Nolin, Rolin, Tolin, Bodin, Colan

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Where is the Colin family from?

You can see how Colin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colin families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Colin families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Colin's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Colin families in 1840.
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What did your Colin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Colin. 17% of Colin men worked as a Salesman and 12% of Colin women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Colin were Farmer and Pusher. .

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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

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Proprietor
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Pusher
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Census Records

There are 26,000 census records available for the last name Colin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Colin. 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 Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Colin. For the veterans among your Colin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colin lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Colin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1958. The average life expectancy for Colin in 1950 was 58, and 82 in 2004.

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