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 first traceable origins of the name Cullen is from ancient Ireland.

The name comes from the Irish word cuileann' which means 'holly bush'. The name also has an additional meaning of 'handsome boy' in old Gaelic language.

The name was first used as a first name for individuals in the 1300's. There is also a town in Ireland by the same name where family members settled.

The name is also associated with the Cullen clan, which is a clan of Scottish descent.

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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 mostly in the County of 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.
  • When the Irish rebellion of 1641 began, the Cullen family were known to have been involved in several key battles and ongoing disputes in support of the cause.
  • 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 around the year 1773
  • The modern states of New York and Pennsylvania on the east coast of the US today have the highest amount of Cullen family members.
  • The town of Cullen, Louisiana was named for family member and early settler Simon Cullen