Cullen Family History

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Cullen Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Coileáin ‘descendant of Coileán’, a byname meaning ‘puppy’ or ‘young dog’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cuilinn ‘descendant of Cuileann’, a byname meaning ‘holly’. Scottish: habitational name from Cullen in Banff, so named from Gaelic cùilen, a diminutive of còil, cùil ‘nook’, ‘recess’. English: habitational name from the Rhineland city of Cologne (Old French form of Middle High German Köln, named with Latin colonia ‘colony’). English: variant of Cooling.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Mullen, Bullen, Millen, Cullens, Curley, Cilley, Puller, Pulley

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Cullen Family Origin

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Cullen Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • Labourer

  • Laborer


In 1881, Farmer, Servant and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cullen. The most common Cullen occupation in Canada was Farmer. 17% of Cullen's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cullen family was Laborer.

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