name Cooullay comes from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col
was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Cooullay was particularly popular in Yorkshire
. Nicholas was the name of a popular saint from the fourth century, and was given to many children in England
in the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Cooullay family
The surname Cooullay was first found in Gloucestershire
at Coaley, a village in the union of Dursley, Upper division of the hundred
of Berkeley which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Couelege and was held by King William. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The place name literally means "clearing with a hut or shelter," from the Old English "cofa" + "leah." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Cooullay family
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Cooullay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cooullay has appeared include Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.
Early Notables of the Cooullay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cooullay family to Ireland
Some of the Cooullay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cooullay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cooullay arrived in North America very early: Thomas Colley and his family who settled in Barbados in 1680; and three years later John Colley and his wife Susan moved to Philadelphia.