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Colleville-sur-Mer

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Main Street of Colleville-sur-Mer
Administration
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Bayeux
Canton Trévières
Intercommunality Trévières
Mayor Patrick Thomines
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 70 m (230 ft) avg.
Land area1 6.93 km2 (2.68 sq mi)
Population2 164  (2008)
 - Density 24/km2 (62/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14165/ 14710
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 49°20′57″N 0°50′32″W / 49.3492°N 0.8422°W / 49.3492; -0.8422

Colleville-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandie region in northwestern France.

History

It was originally a farm owned by a certain Koli, a Scandinavian settler in the Middle Ages. It shares the same etymology as the other Colleville in Normandy. During the conquest of England by William the Conqueror or following it, Gilbert de Colleville was given lands in England, it was from this Knight that the modern de Colville/Colvin family would develop, including Clan Colville in Scotland and the Barony de Colville, of Castle Bytham in England.

The beach next to the coastal village was one of the principal beachheads during the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, designated Omaha Beach.

Population

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 225 —    
1968 195 −13.3%
1975 180 −7.7%
1982 169 −6.1%
1990 146 −13.6%
1999 172 +17.8%
2008 164 −4.7%
L'église Notre-Dame de l'Assomption de Colleville
Notre-Dame de l'Assomption de Colleville

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