The name is of English and Welsh origin.The surname Collins is derived from the name Nicholas,”people’s victory” and was a very popular saint’s name known throughout the Western world.The given name Nicholas is derived from the Greek ‘Nikolaos’,from ‘nikan’, to conquer and ‘laos’, people.St.Nicholas,Bishop of Myra in the fourth century,was the popular patron saint of children.A large number of legends grew up around this saint and as a result he was venerated in the Orthodox church as well as the Catholic church.Collins per se is an English name from the Cristian name Colin.This is a double diminutive or pet form of Nicholas,first shortened to Col and then with -in added.In Ireland the name is the anglicised form of the name O Coileain(Cullane),from the coilean,meaning ‘whelp’.The name dates back to the twelfth century were a William fil.Colini is recorded in historical archives.William Collins the famous poet (1838-90) bore this name,probably most known for his poem ‘Tyrone among the bushes’.One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America is th… Coat of arms: Sable,on a chevron between three…
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