While what you say makes sense to me, there are other factors to consider. I have seen Collmann turn to Kollmann (in IL) and I would assume that the reverse could be true. I believe that Ostfriesians (who speak "low german") might have another meaning for the root, or perhaps non at all.
FYI some of my half cousin Collmans were in Iowa and in Lincoln NE, into banks,insurance and wholesale merchants in the 1870s onward. Our common ancestor came to northern IL in 1850 from an area between Leer and Emden, what was then part of the "Kingdom of Hanover".
Hope you got your position in Germany.
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