A surname of England, Scotland, and Ireland, in England from the German place name Köln) - (the man from) Cologne; 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 Spiegelhalter in Devon; by Black in Ayreshire and Galloway and other parts of Scotland; by MacLysaght: (Mac)Cullen in Co. Monaghan, (O) Cullen 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 the house of Robert Power. (The surname spelling on the headstones in the cemetery associated with this Irish parish is usually Cullinane).
Family History: It appears that Martin Cullen (a.k.a. Martin Cullinan) was a fishing 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 in Robert's will 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. The earlier mention of that surname in the Ferryland area may refer to individuals not related in any way to Martin Cullen. Martin died at Caplin Bay on January 4th, 1857. Given the wording of Robert Power's will, it is unlikely that Martin was married. The surname is not found in any later documents in the Ferryland area, and after Martin's death, Robert Power (Jr.), who was by then living at St. John's, laid claim to his uncle's and Martin Cullen's property at Caplin Bay.

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