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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


Similar surnames: Colling, Collin, Collias, Pollins, Rollins, Follin, Hollings, Callens

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Collins Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Collins name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    47%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    24%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    3%

  • Benin/Togo

    3%

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Collins Family Origin

Where is the Collins family from?

Collins Family Occupations

What did your Collins ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Collins occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Collins's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Collins. A less common occupation for the Collins family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

    32%
  • Laborer

    12%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Collins ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Collins Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Collins. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Collins census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 260,000 immigration records available for the last name Collins. 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 347,000 military records available for the last name Collins. For the veterans among your Collins ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Collins Life Expectancy

What is the average Collins lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Collins life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Collins in 1940 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Collins ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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