Origins Available: English
Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Couley 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 Couley family
The surname Couley was first found in Ulster
(Irish: Ulaidh), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Couley family
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Couley Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages, and simply spelled according to sound. The result is an enormous number of spelling variations
among names that evolved in that era. Couley has been spelled 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 Couley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Couley family to the New World and Oceana
Most of the Boernician-Scottish families who came to North America settled on the eastern seaboard of what would become the United States and Canada. Families who wanted a new order stayed south in the War of Independence
, while those who were still loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, the ancestors of these families have gone on to rediscover their heritage through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Couley or a variant listed above:
Couley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Luke Couley, who arrived in New York in 1827 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)