While many Irish names are familiar, their past incarnations are often shrouded in mystery, reflecting the ancient Gaelic heritage of their bearers. The original Gaelic form of the name Culling is "Mac Cuilinn" or "O Cuilinn," which are from the word "cuileann," which means "holly." They descend from Heber
, who with his brother Heremon
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Early Origins of the Culling family
The surname Culling was first found in the southeast of Ireland
, in the counties of Dublin
, and Wexford
. Although all but one of the many distinct septs have become extinct, this remaining sept currently provides Ireland
with nearly 8000 members, enough to make Cullen the 84th most common name in Ireland
. Descended from Olioll Flann Beag, king of Munster
, the Cullens made their original homeland at Glencullen, in Wicklow, and they have remained there to the present day, despite the threat of their more powerful neighbors, the O'Tooles and the O'Byrnes. They were an influential family, as indicated by the inclusion of Cullen of Cullenstown among the leading gentry of Wexford
in the Clongowes manuscript of 1598. Due to the prominence of this sept, a number of similarly-named minor septs also adopted the name Cullen, including O Cuileamhain of south Leinster
, which is also rendered Culloon or Culhoun, and Mac Cuilin of Leitrim
, which is also Anglicized MacCullen.
Early History of the Culling family
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Culling Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Culling that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Cullen, Cullan, Cullane, O'Cullen, Cullain, Cullin, Cullon, McCullen, MacCullen, O'Cullane, Culen, Culan, Culain, Cullaine, Culaine, MacCulen, MacCollin, MacColin, O'Colen, O'Collen, O'Cuilin, O'Cuillin, O'Culane, O'Culen, O'Culhoon, O'Culloon, MacCullen, Cullain, Culon, Cullon, Culling and many more.
Early Notables of the Culling family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Culling family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families
immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine
laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Culling or one of its variants:
Culling Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Culling, who landed in America in 1760-1763 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)
Culling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Daniel Culling, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
- Patrick Culling, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
- Catherine Culling, aged 16, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
Culling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Joseph Culling, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1854
- Clement G. Culling, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
- Walter Culling, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Ellen Culling, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
- Maria Culling, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1879
Contemporary Notables of the name Culling (post 1700)
- Flight Sub-Lieutenant Thomas Grey Culling (1896-1917), New Zealand's first World War I flying ace credited with six aerial victories