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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Coley 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.

Coley Early Origins



The surname Coley was first found in Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Coley Spelling Variations


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Coley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Coley has appeared in various documents spelled Cooley, Cooling, Cowley, Cully, Colly, McCooley, Coaley, Coolyng, Couley, Colley, McCowley, Cooleng, McCoolay, Coolay, Collay, Cullay, Cowleigh, Culleigh and many more.

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Coley Early History


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Coley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coley research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1667, 1743, and 1809 are included under the topic Early Coley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Coley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Coley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Coley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Coley, or a variant listed above:

Coley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Coley, who landed in Massachusetts in 1631

Coley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Coley, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • George Coley, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776

Coley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Coley, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Annie Coley, aged 23, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1897

Coley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Catharine Coley, aged 29, who landed in America from Blackpool, in 1903
  • Alice Coley, aged 21, who landed in America from Cradley Heath, England, in 1906
  • Annie Coley, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, in 1906
  • Bradley L. Coley, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Charlotte Coley, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Coley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Peter Coley, aged 47, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
  • Mary Coley, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

Coley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Coley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Coley Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • William Coley, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Coley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Coley (post 1700)



  • Daryl Lynn Coley (1955-2016), American Christian singer
  • Jim Coley (b. 1951), American politician
  • Kevis Coley (b. 1982), American football linebacker
  • James Coley (b. 1973), American college football coach
  • John Ford Coley (b. 1951), born John Edward Colley, American singer, classically trained pianist, guitarist, actor, and author, member of the musical duo England Dan & John Ford Coley
  • Doris Coley (1941-2000), American lead singer of the Shirelles, inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Dr. William Bradley Coley (1862-1936), American bone surgeon and cancer researcher from Westfield, Connecticut who developed a cancer vaccine which provoked an immune response to bacteria, creator of Coley Fluid, eponym of the William B. Coley Award
  • Byron Coley, American music critic
  • Andre Coley (b. 1974), Jamaican cricket player
  • Nathan Coley (b. 1967), contemporary British installation artist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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