Cully History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Cully family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Derbyshire, in the area of Cully.

Early Origins of the Cully family

The surname Cully 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 Cully family

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Cully Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Culley, Cully, Culy, Culey and others.

Early Notables of the Cully family (pre 1700)

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Cully Ranking

In the United States, the name Cully is the 16,205th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Cully family to Ireland

Some of the Cully family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Cully migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cully or a variant listed above:

Cully Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Cornelius Cully, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [3]
  • John Cully, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [3]
Cully Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Cully, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [3]

Canada Cully migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cully Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Cully U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]
Cully Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Luke Cully, aged 4 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [5]

Australia Cully migration to Australia +

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

Cully Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Cully, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Mr. William Cully, British Convict who was convicted in Chatham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]

New Zealand Cully migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cully Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Cully, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Mandarin
  • Samuel Cully, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Mr. Cully, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 21st May 1841 [8]
  • Mr. John Cully, (b. 1854), aged 20, Irish farm servant, from Armagh travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th February 1875 [9]
  • Mr. John Cully, (b. 1851), aged 26, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Bluff, South Island, New Zealand on 4th November 1877 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cully (post 1700) +

  • Zara Cully (1892-1978), American two-time TV Land nominated character actress, best known for her role as Olivia "Mother Jefferson" Jefferson on the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons (1975-1978)
  • Barbara Cully (b. 1955), American poet, awarded the 1996 National Poetry Series Open Competition, for The New Intimacy
  • Carl S. Cully (1913-1998), American professional ice hockey center
  • Carl Leroy Cully (1900-1987), professional American football player
  • James "Jim" Cully (b. 1924), Irish former professional boxer who is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the 4th tallest professional boxer in history at 7ft, 2 in
  • Cully Cobb (1884-1975), American agricultural pioneer, educator, printer, journalist, and philanthropist
  • Cully Hamner, American comic book illustrator of the 2003 graphic novel Red, which was later adapted into a feature film in 2010
  • Cully Dahlstrom (1913-1998), American NHL ice hockey player

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook
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