While the Anglicized versions of Irish names are familiar to most people, all Irish names have a long and proud Gaelic heritage that is often unknown. The original Gaelic form of the name Cullivan is "O Cuileagain."
(Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cullivan research.Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cullivan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations
of the name Cullivan dating from that time include Culligan, Colligan, Quilligan, O'Quilligan, O'Culligan, O'Colligan, Coligan, Culigan, Colgan and many more.
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: Virtus probata florescit
Motto Translation: Tried virtue flourishes.