Culley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Culley family name to the British Isles. They lived in Derbyshire, in the area of Cully.

Early Origins of the Culley family

The surname Culley was first found in Norfolk where Hunfrid de Cuelai was listed there in the Domesday Book. [1] However, we must look to the aforementioned reference of Derbyshire to find the earliest land grants for the surname. And Ratcliffe Culey, a hamlet near the border of Warwickshire and Leicestershire, part of the civil parish of Witherley can be ruled out as the origin of the name as the hamlet's first reference was in the 1600's.

Early History of the Culley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Culley research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1559, and 1606 are included under the topic Early Culley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Culley Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Culley, Cully, Culy, Culey and others.

Early Notables of the Culley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Culley family to Ireland

Some of the Culley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Culley migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Culley or a variant listed above were:

Culley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samuel] Culley, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625 [2]
Culley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Timothy Culley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]

Australia Culley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Culley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Culley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848 [3]
  • Thomas Culley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gratitude" in 1848 [3]
  • David Culley, aged 39, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [4]
  • Elizabeth Culley, aged 43, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [4]
  • John R. Culley, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Culley (post 1700) +

  • William Culley, American politician, Postmaster at Kingston, New York, 1841-45 [5]
  • Robert S. Culley, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bladensburg, Maryland, 1901-04 [5]
  • Frank C. Culley, American politician, Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1897-98 [5]
  • Arthur E. Culley, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Miami, Florida, 1919-22 [5]
  • Travis Hugh Culley, American philosopher and writer
  • Wendell Philips Culley (1906-1983), American jazz trumpeter
  • George Culley (1735-1813), English agriculturist, younger son of Matthew Culley [6]
  • Derek Culley (b. 1952), Irish artist
  • Charles Ernest Culley (1877-1949), Australian politician, member of the Australian House of Representatives


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GRATITUDE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Gratitude.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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