The surname Colman is of Irish and English origin.It is derived from the Old Irish personal name Colman,earlier Columban;the Latin Columba ‘Dove’.This was the name of an Irish missionary to Europe,generally known as St.Columban (540-615),who founded the monastery of Bobbio in Northern Italy in 614.He enjoyed a considerable cult following throughout central Europe,so that forms of his name were adopted as given names;in Italy(as Columbano),in France(as Colombain),Czech(as Kolman),and Hungarian(as Kalman).The Scandinavians adopted the name as Old Norse Kalman,and was introduced into England by Norwegians from Ireland.This is the name of a sixth century saint generally known as St.Columba (521-97),who converted the Picts to Cristianity,known in Scandinavian languages as Kalman.There are more than one hundred saints named Colman in Ireland.The name may also be an English occupational name for a burner of charcoal or gatherer of coal;from the Old English ‘col’ coal and ‘mann’ man.It could also be an occupational name for the servant of a man named Cole.The Irish have used it as an anglicization of the Gaelic name O’Clumhain as have Jewish peop… Coat of arms: Per fesse argent and sable, a …
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