Origin of the Name Collier
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 Collier
include Collyer, Colyer, Colliar, Colleer, Collyear, Cullyer and Culyer. Meaning 'the Collier', this is an occupational name from someone who was a charcoal-burner. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland , and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Henry le Colyer who was recorded in County Buckinghamshire in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273. An Adam Colier was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England , in the year 1379. In Scotland a John Colzear was a piper in Dunfermline in the year 1582. In Ireland the name Collier has been on record since 1305 and became well established in County Meath. The 'Petty Census' of 1659 lists it as a principal Irish name in that County. In modern times the name is mostly found in Counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.
The Collier 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 Collier descendants.