COLON Last Name Meaning and Origin

The Colon surname is believed to have been derived from a given name meaning
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The common Spanish surname Colon most commonly derives from the Spanish given name Colón, meaning "dove," from the Latin colombus, colomba. As a personal name it was favored by early Christians because the dove was considered to be the symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Colon last name is comparable to the Italian and Portuguese surname Colombo.

The Colon surname may also have English origins, a variant of Colin derived from the Greek personal name Nicholas, meaning "power of the people," from the elements nickan, meaning "to conquer," and laos, or "people."

Colon is the 53rd most common Hispanic surname. According to Public Profiler: World Names the majority of individuals with the Colon surname live in the United States, followed by concentrations in Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, and France.

Surname Origin: Spanish, English


Famous People with the Surname COLON

  • Cristóbal Colón aka Christopher Columbus - Famous Italian explorer best known for his discovery of the "New World."
  • Carlos Colón - retired Puerto Rican professional wrestler. He is the father of wrestlers Carly Colón, known professionally as Carlito, and Eddie Colón, known professionally as Primo Colón. He is also the uncle of WWE wrestler Epico, whose birth name is Orlando Colón.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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