Cullinan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Cullinan surname is an Anglicization of the Irish Gaelic "Ó Cuilleannáin."

Early Origins of the Cullinan family

The surname Cullinan was first found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat at Mullinashee. They are descended from Cormac, son of Culenan, known as Cormac McCulenan, King and Bishop of Munster who reigned for seven years in 905. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1172, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Cork (Barryroe), Clare and east Munster.

Early History of the Cullinan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cullinan research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1584, 1585, 1645, and 1653 are included under the topic Early Cullinan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cullinan Spelling Variations

Numerous spelling variations of the surname Cullinan exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Cullinan, Cullinane, Cullenan, Quillinane, Quillane, Quillene, O'Cullinan, O'Cullinane and many more.

Early Notables of the Cullinan family (pre 1700)

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Australia Cullinan migration to Australia +

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

Cullinan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Cullinan, Irish convict who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Nancy Cullinan, aged 18, a house maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [2]
  • Bridget Cullinan, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [3]
  • Susan Cullinan, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [3]
  • Mary Cullinan, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cullinan (post 1700) +

  • Thomas M. Cullinan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1908 [5]
  • Patrick W. Cullinan (1851-1926), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oswego County 1st District, 1880-81; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention at-large, 1915 [5]
  • Katherine M. Cullinan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1960 [5]
  • John T. Cullinan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1936 [5]
  • John E. Cullinan, American Democrat politician, Chair of Steuben County Democratic Party, 1936-42; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940, 1944 (alternate), 1948 [5]
  • Frank D. Cullinan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1916 [5]
  • Eustace Cullinan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1920, 1940 [5]
  • Eugene T. Cullinan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 55th District, 1956 [5]
  • Thomas Allen Cullinan (1838-1904), American city marshal of Junction City, Kansas from 1871 to 1904
  • Drew Cullinan, American actor, known for his roles in Humanized (2011), Deal Breaker (2013) and My Better Half (2012)
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Daniel Cullinan (1876-1914), English Miner from England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [6]


Suggested Readings for the name Cullinan +

  • 4261 "The Descendants of Dennis T. Cullinan Ennis, County Clare, Ireland" by Richard D. Kelly.

  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners


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