Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Colee is Mac Giolla Chuille. Cuille has been suggested to be an abbreviation of Mochuille, the name of a saint. However, other origins also exist for this name.
Early Origins of the Colee family
The surname Colee was first found in Ulster
(Irish: Ulaidh), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Colee family
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Colee Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Colee has been written as Cooley, Cooling, Cowley, Cully, Colly, McCooley, Coaley, Coolyng, Couley, Colley, McCowley, Cooleng, McCoolay, Coolay, Collay, Cullay, Cowleigh, Culleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Colee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Colee family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Colee or a variant listed above include:
Colee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lucie Julienne Colee, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1922 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Le Havre, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3D-C2G : 6 December 2014), Lucie Julienne Colee, 10 Jan 1922; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Rochambeau, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Colee (post 1700)
- Otto Leonard Colee (1895-1969), American college football player and dental sturgeon
- Percy Colee (1892-1944), former Australian rules footballer