Also a derogatory term for Irish in the late 1800's/ early 1900's. It was derived from the name of coal ships, and from the fact many Irish worked out West in coal mines. It's a fairly common Irish and Irish-American name.
Col"lier (?), n. [OE. colier. See Coal.]
One engaged in the business of digging mineral coal or making charcoal, or in transporting or dealing in coal.
A vessel employed in the coal trade.
© Webster 1913.
Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.
Need help? email@example.com