Cullen (surname)

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Cullen is a surname of Gaelic origin. It is thought to be derived from the pre 8th century Old Gaelic name O' Cuileannain, with the prefix O' indicating a male descendant of, plus the personal byname Cuilleannain.[citation needed] The name seems to be related to Cullinane. While Cullen is encountered primarily in Dublin and southeast Ireland, Cullinan/Cullinane used almost exclusively in western Ireland on a North-South-Axis from Galway to Cork.[1] A distribution map of the name has been processed on a genealogy site.[2]


A Cullenite is a follower of any man named Cullen. Notable Cullens to have followers referred to as Cullenites include Scottish physician William Cullen[3] and particularly Paul Cardinal Cullen, archbishop of Dublin and the first cardinal from Ireland. Notable Cullenites who followed Cardinal Cullen included George Joseph Plunket Browne, Bishop of Elphin,[4] and Patrick Francis Moran, archbishop of Sidney and the first cardinal from Australia; indeed, "Cullenite" is used as an adjective in the phrases "Cullenite network" (used to describe a group of bishops who had been students of or were related to Cardinal Cullen, and many of whom became highly influential in the churches of Australia and New Zealand)[5] and "the Cullenite church", used to describe the Irish church until the 1960, a church strongly allied to the "rural bourgeoisie" and the rising class of what are called "strong-farmers".[6]

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  1. ^ "Cullen and Cullinan in Clogher and Omagh". Retrieved 18 December 2011.
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  3. ^ Griggs, Barbara; Zee, Barbara Van der (1997). Green Pharmacy: The History and Evolution of Western Herbal Medicine. Inner Traditions/Bear. p. 141. ISBN 9780892817276.
  4. ^ Bowen, Desmond (1983). Paul Cardinal Cullen and the Shaping of Modern Irish Catholicism. Wilfrid Laurier UP. p. 253. ISBN 9780889201361.
  5. ^ Buckley, James; Bauerschmidt, Frederick Christian; Pomplun, Trent (2010). The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism. John Wiley & Sons. p. 223. ISBN 9781444337327.
  6. ^ Akenson, Donald Harman (2011). Ireland, Sweden, and the Great European Migration, 1815–1914. MQUP. p. 211. ISBN 9780773539570.

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