Collins Name Information

Gender 🧑 Boy
Pronunciation 📣 \c(o)-lli-ns\
Number in U.S 👶 7,000
Rate in 2021 701
Numerology 🔢 3
Name origin 🌍 Irish

Collins : Meaning, Origin and Popularity

Origin and meaning of the surname Collins

The Collins  surname has several different possible origins:

In England , the name may have originated as a double diminutive of Nicholas, or as a patronymic surname meaning "son of Colin", a shortened form of Nicholas. The given name Nicholas means "victory of the people", from the Greek νικη ( nike ) meaning "victory" and λαος ( laos ) meaning "people".

In Ireland , a name derived from cuilein , meaning "honey", a term of endearment applied to young animals. The medieval Gaelic surname was Ua Cuiléin, more often seen today as Ó Coileáin.

As a Welsh surname, Collins may derive from collen , meaning a forest of hazel trees.

The French name Colline, meaning "hill," is another possible origin of the Collins surname.

Collins is the 52nd most popular surname in the United States, the 57th most common English surname, and the 30th most common surname in Ireland.

Alternate Surname Spelling:  Collin, Colling, Collings, Coling, Collen, Collens, Collis, Coliss, Coleson

Where do people with the surname Collins live?

People with the surname Collins are most prevalent in Ireland, especially in the southwestern counties of Cork, Limerick, and Clare, according to the WorldNames Public Profiler . The name is also extremely common in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Forebears surname distribution data has the name linked as very common in Ireland, Liberia, Australia, the United States, and England. Within Ireland, Collins ranks as the ninth most popular surname in County Cork, 11th in Limerick, and 13th in Clare.

Famous people with the surname Collins

Phil Collins - English singer, songwriter and musician.

Michael Collins – American astronaut, part of the Apollo 11 mission that first landed on the moon.

Michael Collins - The hero of the Irish fight for independence.

Patricia Hill Collins - American feminist sociologist (Collins is her married name).

Marva Collins - American educator and civil rights activist (Collins is her married name).

Joan Collins  - English actress, best known for her role on the television drama  Dynasty.

Suzanne Collins  - Author of the popular trilogy of books,  The Hunger Games .

Anthony Collins - English philosopher.

Arthur Collins - English genealogist and historian.

Genealogy Resources for the Collins Surname

More than 320 members of the group belong to the Collins DNA Surname Project , working together to combine DNA testing with traditional genealogical research to classify Collins' ancestral lines. Includes individuals with variant surnames Collins, Collings, and the like.

Contrary to what you may hear, there is no Collins family crest or coat of arms for the Collins surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and can only be legitimately used by unbroken male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

Visit the Collins Family Genealogy Forum at , the popular Collins surname genealogy forum to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or use it to post your own Collins query.

Use to access more than 8 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees published for the Collins surname and its variations at this free genealogy website hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Collins surname. You can also browse or search the list's archives to explore more than a decade of publications for the Collins surname.

The Collins page on allows you to search for family trees and links to genealogical and historical records for people with the last name Collins around the world.

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Frequently asked questions

*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Collins?
The origin of the name Collins is Irish.
*️⃣ How many people are named Collins?
Almost 7000 people are named Collins.
*️⃣ Which names are related to the name Collins?
The names of Kieran, Karina, Karen, Corinne, Carina