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Cullen Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cuileáin ‘descendant of Cuileán’ a variant of the personal name Coileán meaning ‘puppy’ or ‘young hound’ (see Collin ). 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 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Cullen family from?

You can see how Cullen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cullen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cullen families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 17 Cullen families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Cullen's in USA. New York had the highest population of Cullen families in 1840.
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What did your Cullen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cullen. 11% of Cullen men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Cullen women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cullen were Clerk and Secretary. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Secretary
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 34,000 military records available for the last name Cullen. For the veterans among your Cullen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cullen lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Cullen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cullen in 1943 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

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