Family name origins & meanings
- Irish and English : variant of Coleman 1–4.
- Americanized spelling of German Kohlmann or Kollmann.
- William Colman migrated from London, England, to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1671 aboard the ship Arabella. His sons, Benjamin and John, were active in Boston town affairs, with Benjamin as a minister of the Brattle Street Church, and John a selectman.