Origins Available: German
Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Coler 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 Coler family
The surname Coler was first found in Ulster
(Irish: Ulaidh), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Coler family
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Coler 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
. Coler 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 Coler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coler family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coler or a variant listed above: William, being a mariner of New London in 1634. John Cooley settled at Salem, Massachusetts, in the year 1638. Peter Cooley was a freeman of Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1664.
Contemporary Notables of the name Coler (post 1700)
- Bird Sim Coler (1867-1941), American politician, the first Comptroller of Greater New York (1897-1901)
- Colonel Eugene Seeley Coler (1896-1953), American World War I flying ace who served in the British Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force credited with 16 aerial victories
- Nick Coler (b. 1952), English musician, producer, composer and songwriter