The Colville clan takes its name from the surname Colville, which has Norman origins. The name is derived from the French word “col” meaning “hill” and “ville” meaning “town” or “settlement.” The Colvilles were originally of Norman descent and settled in Scotland during the medieval period.bThe Colville family can trace its roots back to the 12th century when they arrived in Scotland from England. They were granted lands in the Lothians, particularly in East Lothian, where they established their ancestral seat at Colville Castle. The Colvilles quickly rose to prominence and became influential landowners. The Colvilles played important roles in Scottish history and held positions of authority and influence. They served as advisers and officials to the Scottish monarchs, including acting as chamberlains and treasurers. The family was known for its loyalty and service to the crown.