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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cullen name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cullen. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Cullen Family Origin

Where is the Cullen family from?

Cullen Family Occupations

What did your Cullen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cullen. A less common occupation for the Cullen family was Carpenter. The most common Cullen occupation in the USA was Laborer. 15% of Cullen's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Cullen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 255,000 census records available for the last name Cullen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cullen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Cullen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Cullen Life Expectancy

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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