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Collins Name Meaning

English: variant of Colin with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. Irish and Manx: shortened Anglicized from Ó Coileáin compare Cullen or in Man or west Ulster shortened from Mac Coileáin compare McQuillan and McCallion . The genitival -s is a local addition to Collin and variants after the surname was Anglicized. Americanized form of French Colin or Collin and also Collette . In some cases an Americanized form of Slovenian Kolenc .

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


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

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Where is the Collins family from?

You can see how Collins families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Collins family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Collins families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2,005 Collins families living in Ontario. This was about 52% of all the recorded Collins's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Collins families in 1911.
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What did your Collins ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Collins. 30% of Collins men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Collins women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Collins were Carpenter and Teacher. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Student
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 260,000 immigration records available for the last name Collins. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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