O'Cullane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Although Collins is a common English name, O'Cullane is also an indigenous Irish name, derived from the Irish Gaelic "O'Coileain."

Early Origins of the O'Cullane family

The surname O'Cullane was first found in North Desmond the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, later part of County Limerick, where they were lords of the baronies of Connello and lords of Eighter Conghalach (Lower Connello). By the 13th century, they had moved south and settled in West Cork, having been driven out of their original territories by the Geraldines.

Early History of the O'Cullane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Cullane research. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1602, 1754, and 1817 are included under the topic Early O'Cullane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Cullane Spelling Variations

One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname O'Cullane were found in the many archives researched. These included Collins, Colins, O'Cullane, Cullane and others.

Early Notables of the O'Cullane family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Cullane family

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the O'Cullane family name: Ann Collins, who arrived in Boston in 1767; Peter Collins, who arrived in Virginia in 1774; Thomas Collins, who arrived in Baltimore in 1831; Mich. Collins, who came to New York in 1832.



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