Home   |   Customer Service   |   Site Map   |   Name Search   |   How To Buy

Shopping Cart
0 Items
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - no headaches!
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Where did the Irish Cullen family come from? What is the Irish Cullen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cullen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cullen family history?

While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Cullen is "Mac Cuilinn" or "O Cuilinn," which are from the word "cuileann," which means "holly." They descend from Heber, who with his brother Heremon ruled Ireland. [1]

 More

Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Cullen are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Cullen, Cullan, Cullane, O'Cullen, Cullain, Cullin, Cullon, McCullen, MacCullen, O'Cullane, Culen, Culan, Culain, Cullaine, Culaine, MacCulen, MacCollin, MacColin, O'Colen, O'Collen, O'Cuilin, O'Cuillin, O'Culane, O'Culen, O'Culhoon, O'Culloon, MacCullen, Cullain, Culon, Cullon, Culling and many more.

First found in the southeast of Ireland, in the counties of Dublin, Wicklow, and Wexford. Although all but one of the many distinct septs have become extinct, this remaining sept currently provides Ireland with nearly 8000 members, enough to make Cullen the 84th most common name in Ireland. Descended from Olioll Flann Beag, king of Munster, the Cullens made their original homeland at Glencullen, in Wicklow, and they have remained there to the present day, despite the threat of their more powerful neighbors, the O'Tooles and the O'Byrnes. They were an influential family, as indicated by the inclusion of Cullen of Cullenstown among the leading gentry of Wexford in the Clongowes manuscript of 1598. Due to the prominence of this sept, a number of similarly-named minor septs also adopted the name Cullen, including O Cuileamhain of south Leinster, which is also rendered Culloon or Culhoun, and Mac Cuilin of Leitrim, which is also Anglicized MacCullen.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cullen research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1659, 1300, 1517, 1542, 1803 and 1878 are included under the topic Early Cullen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cullen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

 More

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Cullen family name:

Cullen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Marcus Cullen, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Cullen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Patrick Cullen settled in West New Jersey in 1772

Cullen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Cullen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Allen Cullen, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • William Cullen, who arrived in New York in 1818
  • Henry Cullen who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1820
  • L. Cullen settled in Baltimore in 1820


Cullen Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • F N Cullen, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • Sarah Cullen, who landed in Alabama in 1921
  • Philip Cullen, who landed in Alabama in 1928

 More

  • Countee Cullen (1903-1946), American poet and one of the leading figures of the "Harlem Renaissance"
  • Peter Brett Cullen (b. 1956), American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television programs
  • Matthew David "Matt" Cullen (b. 1976), American professional NHL ice hockey center
  • Maurice Cullen (1866-1934), Canadian painter
  • Thomas Gordon Cullen CBE (1914-1994), influential English architect and urban designer
  • Michael John Cullen (b. 1945), New Zealand politician, the 16th Deputy Prime Minister
  • William Douglas Cullen KT, PC, QC, FRSE, Hon FEng (b. 1935), Baron Cullen of Whitekirk, he served as Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session
  • Robert Cullen FRSE (1742-1810), Lord Cullen, Scottish judge
  • William Cullen FRS FRSE FRCPE (1710-1790), Scottish physician, chemist and agriculturalist
  • Peter Claver Cullen (b. 1941), Canadian voice actor

 More

 More

  • The Cullens of Sheboygan County Wisconsin, 1850-1900 by Katherin Cullen King.
 More

Popular Family Crest Products
 
Cullen Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Cullen Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Cullen Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Cullen Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Cullen Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Cullen Armorial History with Frame
Cullen Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms
More Family Crest Products
 More

 More

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Cullen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cullen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 10 April 2014 at 11:44.

2000-2014 Swyrich Corporation. See Terms of Use for details.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.


Sign Up


100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE - no headaches!