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

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Cullison lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Cullison comes from son of Collie which is a diminutive of Nicholas.

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In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Cullison has been spelled Collison, Collisone, Colesoun, Colison, Colisone, Caullison, Cawlison, Cawllison, Colleson, Coleson, Collisoun, Collisson and many more.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cullison research. Another 220 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1449, 1531, 1584, 1596, and 1674 are included under the topic Early Cullison History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cullison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Cullison:

Cullison Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Lulu Cullison, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1912
  • J. W. Cullison, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • Zach W. Cullison, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

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  • Bonnie Cullison (b. 1954), American teacher, labor official and politician


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Hoc virtutis opus
Motto Translation: This is the work of virtue.

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The Cullison Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cullison 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.

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