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Early Origins of the Culleton family
The surname Culleton was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Coleton, held by Warin from his overlord Iudhael of Totnes, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Culleton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culleton research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1664, 1700, 1608, 1666, 1682, 1635, 1694, 1681, 1685, 1689, 1694, 1669, 1754, 1172 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Culleton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Culleton Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Colleton, Coleton, Culleton, Culliton, Collaton, Cullaton, O'Culleton, O'Colleton, MacColleton, MacCulliton and many more.
Early Notables of the Culleton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Colleton, 1st Baronet
(1608-1666), English Royalist officer to King Charles I during the English Civil War, his holdings were seized when the Cavaliers were defeated by Parliamentary forces, but during the Restoration, Colleton was one of eight... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Culleton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Culleton family to Ireland
Some of the Culleton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 147 words (10 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 Culleton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Culleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Luke Culleton, aged 48, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Mary Culleton, aged 50, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Peter Culleton, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- David Culleton, aged 17, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
- Mary Culleton, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
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Contemporary Notables of the name Culleton (post 1700)
- James Culleton, Canadian contemporary multi-media artist and designer from Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Rodney Norman "Rod" Culleton (b. 1964), Australian politician, Senator for Western Australia (2016-2017)