The name Coulley was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. Col
was a common diminutive of the popular name Nicholas. The form Coulley 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 Coulley family
The surname Coulley 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 Coulley family
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Coulley Spelling Variations
Coulley has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Coulley have been found, including Colly, Colley, Collie, Caullie, Caulley, Caully, Coully, Coulley and many more.
Early Notables of the Coulley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coulley family to Ireland
Some of the Coulley 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 Coulley family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Coulleys to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Colley and his family who settled in Barbados in 1680; and three years later John Colley and his wife Susan moved to Philadelphia.