Depending on whom you ask, this boys' name is either a nickname for Nicholas (no pun intended) or derived from the Old Norse name "Koli" (dark) or Gaelic "Coileain" (puppy).
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Col"in (?), n. [F. colin; prop. a dim. of Colas, contr. fr. Nicolas Nicholas.] Zool.
The American quail or bobwhite. The name is also applied to other related species. See Bobwhite.
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