Recorded in many spelling forms including Collip, Collop, Collup, Cullip, Cullop and Cullup, occasionally de Cullip, and with the probably extinct diminutive form of Cullopin, this is English, but as Collopy or occasionally O' Collopy, it is Irish. Whether the two are in anyway associated, is unproven. Certainly both have claimed unusual origins. According to the late Professor P H Reaney, the English surname means "an egg fried on bacon", and hence was an occupational nickname surname for a inn keeper or similar, one who prepared hot food. However our research would suggest that the name may sometimes be locational from a 'lost' medieval place called "Colhop," or similar, and as such describing a cool place in a forest. If Irish then the origin is either the same as the English, or as is claimed from a farming term 'collop' used for a young pig. If so the possible connection with the English meaning of 'bacon' cannot be totally ignored. In Ireland the name is almost excliusive to County Limerick. Early examples of the surname recording include: John Collop in the Hundred Rolls of the county of Cambridge in the year 1279, whilst Henry Colloppe appears in the Assize Register of the court of Colchester in the Essex in 1290. Later examples taken from the early surviving post reformation church registers of the diocesse of Greater London include: Beatryce Collop, at the church of St Botolphs without Aldgate, on January 19th 1560, Sarah Cullopin at St Katherines by the Tower (of London) on July 23rd 1641, and Mary Cullip, who married John Ringrose, at St Pancras Old Church, on November 30th 1812.

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  • Collop — Col lop, n. [Of uncertain origin; cf. OF. colp blow, stroke, piece, F. coup, fr. L. colophus buffet, cuff, Gr. ?] [Written also {colp}.] 1. A small slice of meat; a piece of flesh. [1913 Webster] God knows thou art a collop of my flesh. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • collop — index part (portion) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • collop — [käl′əp] n. [ME colhoppe, a dish of fried or roasted meat, a morsel < Scand, as in Swed kollops, OSwed kolhuppadher, cooked on coal < kol,COAL + ? huppa, to leap] 1. a portion or piece; esp., a small slice of meat 2. Archaic a fold of fatty …   English World dictionary

  • collop —    This is a puzzling word which by the sixteenth century had come to mean a slice of meat, especially bacon. It has that sense in Collop Monday, which precedes Shrove Tuesday. Sixteenth and seventeenth century writers also referred to parents… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • collop — /kol euhp/, n. 1. a small slice of meat, esp. a small rasher of bacon. 2. a small slice, portion, or piece of anything. 3. a fold or roll of flesh on the body. [1350 1400; ME collop(pe), colhoppe, perh. < Scand; cf. OSw kolhuppadher roasted on… …   Universalium

  • Collop Monday — The day before Shrove Tuesday, when collops and eggs were eaten • • • Main Entry: ↑collop …   Useful english dictionary

  • collop — noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 14th century 1. a small piece or slice especially of meat 2. a fold of fat flesh …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • collop — noun a) A slice of meat. b) A roll or fold of flesh on the body …   Wiktionary

  • collop — Synonyms and related words: bit, butt, chip, chunk, clip, clipping, coat, coating, covering, crumb, cut, cutting, deal, disk, dollop, end, feuille, film, flap, foil, fold, fragment, gob, gobbet, hunk, lamella, lamina, laminated glass, laminated… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • collop — Mawdesley Glossary a slice of ham or bacon …   English dialects glossary

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