Couling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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

Early History of the Couling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Couling research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1667, 1743, and 1809 are included under the topic Early Couling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Couling Spelling Variations

Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations are extremely common in names from before that period. Couling 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 Couling family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Couling family

After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Couling 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.



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