A surname of England, Scotland, and Ireland, in England from the German place name Köln) - (the man from) Colonge; in Scotland from the Scots place name Cullen (Banffshire) and in Ayreshire and Galloway; ? also for the surnames of Ireland (Mac)Cullen, MacCuilinn and (O) Cullen, Ó Cuilinn, Ir. cuileann - holly, both variants of "other somewhat similar names" (MacLysaght). (Reaney, Black, MacLysaght). Traced by Guppy in Nottinghamshire and Somerset, by Speigelhalter in Devon; by Black in Ayreshire and Galloway and other parts of Scotland; by MacLysaght: (Mac)Cullen in Co. Monaghan, (O) Cillen in Co. Kildare.



At Ferryland: Surrogate Court Records: Sept 13,1790 - Arthur Hunt said he was assaulted by John Cullen (and others).
  Surrogate Court Records: Nov 9, 1820 - Andrew Morrisson sued Richard Cullem ? (and others).
At Caplin Bay: Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855 - Martin Cullen.
  November 23, 1844 - Will of Robert Power of the Parish of Killia, Co. Waterford: Martin Cullinan was bequeathed house of Robert Power.
Family History: It appears that Martin Cullen (a.k.a. Martin Cullinan) was a close friend, or business partner of Robert Power. In his will, Robert Power left his house to Martin, to be used by him for the rest of his life. However, it is stipulated that after Martin's demise, the house should become the property of Robert Power's nephew, also named Robert Power. This would seem to indicate that Martin Cullen probably had no immediate family in the Caplin Bay area. Earlier mention of that surname in the Ferryland area may refer to individuals not related in anyway to Martin Cullen. Based on the information from the voters lists, it is likely that Martin died (or left Caplin Bay) sometime between 1855 and 1859. The Cullen surname did not survive beyond that era in Caplin Bay. It is not found in any later documents in the Ferryland area, nor is it known if there were any females in this family who could have married into other Caplin Bay families.

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