Cullen Family History
The family history of the ancient name Cullen
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Cullen
include Cullin. Meaning 'handsome one', this Irish sept originated in the South-Eastern Counties of Ireland. They possessed territory at Glencullen, County Wicklow, a place name from Cuileanne meaning 'Holly Tree', and also at Kilcullen in that same County. At that time they were a great power in that part of the land and have continued to dwell there uninterrupted to the present day. Several other septs have become Cullen also, namely, Culhoun of Leinster and MacCullen of Leitrim. Patrick O'Cullen was Bishop of Clougher, 1517-1542, and Paul Cullen was the renowned Archbishop of Dublin, 1803-1878.The Cullen
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Cullen