The ancient history of the Cullam name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in either of the settlements called Culham in the counties of Berkshire and Oxfordshire
. The surname Cullam belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Cullam family
The surname Cullam was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Cullam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cullam research.Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1855, 1574, 1633, 1597, 1662, 1587, 1664, 1628, 1680, 1657, 1720, 1690, 1702, 1705, 1674, 1754, 1699 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Cullam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cullam Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cullam include Cullum, Culme, Cullam and others.
Early Notables of the Cullam family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Hugh Cullum; Sir Henry Culmer (c.
1574-1633), 1st Baron
Culmer; and Sir Richard Culmer (1597-1662), English peer; Thomas Cullum (c.
1587-1664), 1st Baronet
of Hastede, Suffolk; Thomas Cullum (1628-1680), 2nd Baronet
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Migration of the Cullam family to Ireland
Some of the Cullam family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 33 words (2 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 Cullam family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cullam or a variant listed above:
Cullam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Cullam, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 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)
Cullam Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Grace Cullam, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
The Cullam Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Let it be sustained.