The surname Collins has a number of different origins. When found in England the name Collins is a diminutive form of the personal name Nicholas. When found in Ireland Collins comes from the Gaelic name O'Coileain, which means a young dog. In Wales the name Collins comes from "Collen" meaning a hazel grove. Notable bearers include Michael Collins an Irish national freedom fighter and hero. The name Collins is the 51st most common in the US with 300,000 bearers.
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