Colin Family History

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Colin Name Meaning

French: from a reduced pet form of the personal name Nicolas (see Nicholas). English: variant spelling of Collin.

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

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

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Colin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Colin name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


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Colin Family Origin

Where is the Colin family from?

Colin Family Occupations

What did your Colin ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Colin family was Bricklayer. Agricultural Labourer, Agricultural Laborer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Colin. The most common Colin occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 17% of Colin's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Agricultural Laborer

  • Annuitant

  • Bricklayer


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

Colin Historical Records

What Colin family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Colin Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Colin 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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