Origin of the Name Colley
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Colley
include Cully, Culley, Cooley, Wellesley and Wesley. The name Colley can be of Irish or English origin. In Ireland the name is derived from the Gaelic Mac Colla sept that was located in Counties Galway and Roscommon. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. When the name is of English origin it refers to settlers who arrived in Ireland during the seventeenth century and who later acquire the lands of Wellesley. An early record of the name refers to a Father Walter Wellesley who was Bishop of Kildare from 1529 to 1539. With the failure of the male line of this family during the eighteenth century, their name was passed on to the Colleys of Castle Carbery, County Kildare, to whom they are closely related. In modern times these names are mostly found in their original homeland Counties as well as in Ulster Province.
The Colley coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Colley descendants.