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The Gulley surname comes from the Middle English word "golias," meaning "giant;" as such, it likely evolved from a nickname for a very large man.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gully, Gulley, Golly, Golley, Gullie, Gullee and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1206 when Hugh Golie held estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gulley research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gulley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gulley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gulley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Anne Gulley, who came to Virginia in 1667

Gulley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Richard Gulley, who settled in America in 1772

Gulley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Gulley, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1892

Gulley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. T. K. Gulley, aged 30, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • William Gulley, aged 66, who emigrated to New York, America, in 1907
  • Frank B. Gulley, aged 30, who settled in New York, N. Y., in 1913
  • Francis Gulley, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Tralla, Ireland, in 1914
  • Joseph Gulley, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918


Gulley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Francis Edward Gulley, aged 34, who emigrated to Calgary, Canada, in 1915

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  • Wilbur P. "Wib" Gulley, American politician, attorney and former state and mayor of Durham, North Carolina
  • Jim Gulley, American politician, Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Thomas Jefferson Gulley (1899-1966), American Major League Baseball right fielder
  • Robert Gulley Jr., American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Johnston County, 1807
  • Robert Gulley, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Johnston County, 1806
  • N. Y. Gulley, American politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Franklin County, 1885-86
  • C. V. Gulley, American Republican politician, Arizona Republican State Chair, 1945
  • Miss Catherine B. Gulley (1908-1962), English watercolour portrait and genre painter
  • Dr. James L. Gulley, American Director, Clinical Trials Group within the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology
  • Reg Gulley (b. 1969), Australian Liberal National politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Murrumba


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  • John Gulley Genealogy: A Planter in Alabama and Arkansas and His Descendants: Also the Families of Bizzell, Godley, Lingon, Mendenhall, Purifoy and others of England and Colonial America by John Paul.
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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: Nil sine cruce
Motto Translation: Nothing without the cross.

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  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Gulley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gulley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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