Gulledge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Gulledge dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Coldridge, in Devon. Alternatively, the family dould have originated in Colwich, a parish, in the S. division of the hundred of Pirehill, union, and N. division of the county of Staffordshire. [1]

"A writer in West Scotland said there was a family or families named Colledge resident for many generations at Hawick, Darnick, near Melrose, and Lauder; in Edinburgh for over 200 years and also in Glasgow." [2]

Early Origins of the Gulledge family

The surname Gulledge was first found in Nottinghamshire, where Brian de Colewich was registered in 1210. [3]

The family were more often than not in "the west of England any court or group of cottages having a common entrance from the street is called a college, and residence at such a place. probably originated the name." [4]

Records of the family are very scarce. The Wills at Chester list John Colledge, of Colne, dotkworker, 1639. [5]

Early History of the Gulledge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gulledge research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1639, 1670, 1635 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Gulledge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gulledge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gulledge have been found, including Colledge, College, Collage, Gollege, Golledge, Callage, Calledge, Gollidge, Collige, Collidge and many more.

Early Notables of the Gulledge family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gulledge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gulledge migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gulledge, or a variant listed above:

Gulledge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Josephine Gulledge, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Vivian Gulledge, aged 25, who immigrated to Plano, TX, in 1914
  • Charles Gulledge, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923
  • Ola Gulledge, aged 36, who settled in New York City, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Gulledge (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Gulledge (b. 1980), Spanish-American writer, researcher, analyst, and consultant
  • David Gulledge (b. 1967), former American football safety in the National Football League
  • Jesse Gulledge, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1928 [6]


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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