Cullen Family Crest


Cullen family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Cullen family crest

Argent (silver) - represents the sincere nature and history of peacefulness shown by the Cullen family members.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the family's historic military strength when called upon. 



 Meaning of the symbols on the Cullen family crest 

 The three naked hands - represents people of hard work with an industrious mindset and attitude. 

The two trefoil symbols - represents ever-lasting qualities. A symbol with connections to ancient Ireland.

The wheat/grain - represents the faithfulness and hospitable nature of this iconic family.

The chevron shape - symbolizes the Cullen family home, the importance of home for family members through the years and the safety this provides.


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Origins of the Cullen family name

The earliest known origin of the name Cullen is from Ireland.
The name is derived from the Irish word "cuileann" which means "holly". The name also has connotations of 'handsome boy' in Gaelic.
The name was first used as a given name in the 12th century. It is also the name of a town in Ireland.
The name Cullen has been used in Ireland for centuries. The name Cullen is also associated with the Cullen clan, which is a clan of Scottish origin.

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Summary of the Cullen family and the Cullen family crest

  • The Irish family name Cullen is derived from the Gaelic surname Ó Cuileannain.
  • The name Cullen is found primarily in County Cork and County Kerry in Ireland.
  • The Cullen family is thought to be of ancient Celtic origin.
  • The first recorded use of the Cullen surname dates back to 1172.
  • During the 13th century, the family migrated to County Cork, where they became one of the most powerful families in the area.
  • The Cullens were involved in many battles and disputes with other families in the area, and were also known for their involvement in the Irish Rebellion of 1641.
  • The Cullen name is also found in Scotland and England.
  • After emigrating from Ireland, the first recorded Cullen in America was John Cullen, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1773
  • Today, the states with the highest concentration of Cullens are Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
  • The town of Cullen, Louisiana was named for family member and early settler Simon Cullen
    • The Cullen family has produced several notable individuals, including Archbishop John Cullen (1830-1913) and James Cullen (1866-1939), a leading Irish politician.