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Where did the English Gulley family come from? What is the English Gulley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gulley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gulley family history?

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.


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.


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.


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


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


  • Thomas Jefferson Gulley (1899-1966), American Major League Baseball right fielder
  • Jim Gulley, American politician, Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly
  • Wilbur P. "Wib" Gulley, American politician, attorney and former state and mayor of Durham, North Carolina
  • Miss Catherine B. Gulley (1908-1962), English watercolour portrait and genre painter
  • Reg Gulley (b. 1969), Australian Liberal National politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Murrumba
  • Dr. James L. Gulley, American Director, Clinical Trials Group within the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology


  • 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.

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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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.

This page was last modified on 17 March 2013 at 11:54.

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