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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of College

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Col"lege
  1. A collection, body, or society of persons engaged in common pursuits, or having common duties and interests, and sometimes, by charter, peculiar rights and privileges; as, a college of heralds; a college of electors; a college of bishops."The college of the cardinals." [Shak.]"Then they made colleges of sufferers; persons who, to secure their inheritance in the world to come, did cut off all their portion in this." [Jer. Taylor.]
  2. A society of scholars or friends of learning, incorporated for study or instruction, esp. in the higher branches of knowledge; as, the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and many American colleges .
  3. A building, or number of buildings, used by a college."The gate of Trinity College." [Macaulay.]
  4. Fig.: A community.(R)"Thick as the college of the bees in May." [Dryden.]

Note: ☞ In France and some other parts of continental Europe, college is used to include schools occupied with rudimentary studies, and receiving children as pupils.

Etymology: F. collège, L. collegium, fr. collega colleague. See Colleague

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed
  2. The body of faculty and students of a college
  3. An institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university

From Old French college, from Latin collegium.

  1. (obsolete) A corporate group; a group of colleagues.
  2. (in some proper nouns) A group sharing common purposes or goals.
    of Cardinals, of Surgeons
  3. (politics) An electoral college.
  4. An academic institution. [From 1560s.]
  5. A specialized division of a university.
    of Engineering
  6. (chiefly US) An institution of higher education teaching undergraduates.
  7. (attributively, chiefly US) Attendance at an institution of higher education.
    These should be his years, but he joined the Army.
  8. (Canada, Israel) A postsecondary institution that offers vocational training and/or associate's degrees.
  9. (chiefly Britain) A non-specialized, semi-autonomous division of a university, with its own faculty, departments, library, etc.
    Pembroke , Cambridge; Balliol , Oxford; University , London
  10. (Britain) An institution of further education at an intermediate level; sixth form.
  11. (Britain) An institution for adult education at a basic or intermediate level (teaching those of any age).
  12. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa) A high school or secondary school.
  13. (Australia) A private (non-government) primary or high school.
  14. (Australia) A residential hall associated with a university, possibly having its own tutors.
  15. (in Chile) A bilingual school.

college was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Finnish, and Old French

Notable Persons With the Last Name College

Stephen was born in 1635. He passed away in 1681.


Brandon Toddthumb|High Jump at Muskingum College is a fitness expert, exercise instructor, and rehabilitation specialist. He was most active from 2006 to present. Brandon was given the name Brandon Michael Todd on August 13th, 1985. Brandon is also known as 5'5 Dunker.


Taipei Physical Education College is a sports team member for the Taipei Physical Education College.


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Popularity of College as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity College U.S.
  White 92.49% 64.26%
  African American 3.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.64% 16.26%

Of Last Name College

People with the last name College are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name College

  • How Popular is the name College? As a last name College was the 49,365th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name College first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name College is Thursday, February 28th, 1895.
  • How unique is the name College? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name College. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name College: Your name in reverse order is Egelloc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eecllgo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name College? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 426 people with the last name College.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of College? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with College as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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