Collingworth Family Crest / Collingworth Coat of Arms
The surname COLLINGWORTH was a locational name, local 'of Collingwood', probably from Callingwood in Staffordshire, although the surname is now more common on Tyneside. The origin of the placename is from a wood whose ownership was disputed (from the Old French 'chalenge' meaning dispute or challenge). The Normans had three kinds of names from different sources. First were names their Viking ancestors brought from Norway to France (8th Century). That's why they were Normans (Northmen). Second were names they found in France.The Franks (French) had come from Franconia in Germany and had crossed the Rhine to occupy the Roman Province of Gaul (5th Century) and called it France. They mixed Latin and German to create French, translating old Germanic names into it, ignoring existing Latin and Celtic (pre-Roman) names. The Viking Normans who also ditched their own language (except for the names) adopted French names as well. The third kind of Norman names were religious. They became Christians and the most religious of them used Saints names. The Normans between 1066 and 1170 conquered England, southern Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Sicily and southern Italy. They were followed everywhere by other French families and some Bretons (the pre-Roman Celts left in north-west France). To this day their names are found in Royalty, Politics and Big Business in these countries and in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States which their descendants colonised. Early records of the name mention John atte Chalengewode in the Derbyshire Charters of 1349. William Colynwod on the Register of the Guild of Corpus Christi, York, 1512. Lord Collingwood [1750-1810] was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, September 26th 1750. Roger Collingwood, 1513, mathematician, wrote under the name of Carbo-in-ligno. Edward Collingwood of County Lincolnshire registered at Oxford University in 1589. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.
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