Origins Available: English
The Coulie family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col
was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Coulie 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 Coulie family
The surname Coulie 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 Coulie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coulie research.Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1513, 1560 and 1554 are included under the topic Early Coulie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coulie Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Coulie include Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.
Early Notables of the Coulie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coulie family to Ireland
Some of the Coulie 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 Coulie family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Coulie were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Colley and his family who settled in Barbados in 1680; and three years later John Colley and his wife Susan moved to Philadelphia.