Cullen: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cullen

Cullen

Pronunciation: KUH-lin (key)

Origin of the name Cullen:

Borrowed from the Irish, Cullen is the Anglicized form of the Irish surname Mac Cuilinn (son of Cuileann). Cuileann is an Irish name meaning “holly.” Var: Cullan, Cullin.

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Comments and insights on the name Cullen: | Edit

The name is sometimes mistakingly pronouced "Colin" because it is much more popular as a first name. Once people see the spelling or are corrected, they get it pretty quickly. People seem to like the name very much. We named my son Cullen and I think when he was younger, say before 13, it was a little frustrating to him. I told him to politely correct the mispronounciations and he started to do that. I'm pretty happy we named him Cullen. Cullen is a well known last name in Houston, the Cullen Family, Cullen Blvd., Cullen Frost Bank, Cullen Auditorium. The Cullen family is a wealthy Houston oil family. Also, T. Cullen Davis, an oil millionaire in Ft. Worth.

Due to the rise of Twilight, Cullen has become rather synonymous with vampire.

Personal experiences with the name Cullen: | Edit

I have a son named Cullen. I named him this because my sister and my mom begged me to, after Edward Cullen from the Twilight series. I love the name and am very glad I named him Cullen!!

My brother's name is Cullen. He is the most chill, laid back person you will ever meet and he gets along with everyone. He is one of those people that oozes charisma without even trying and can convince anyone to do anything. He's a great guy and a good brother.

Nicknames for Cullen: | Edit

Cully, Cull, C

Meanings and history of the name Cullen: | Edit

There is a town of Cullen in Scotland. Anglicised form of Culann (Irish Gaelic) a legendary armour smith, probably formed from the Old Gaelic root word "col" which means "Chief."

Famous real-life people named Cullen: | Edit

Cullen Jones, American freestyle sprint swimmer and Olympic gold medalist.
Countee Cullen, Harlem Renaissance poet.
Cullen Jenkins, American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cullen Landis, American silent film actor.
Cullen A. Battle, general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.
Matt Cullen, American NHL hockey center.
William Cullen, Baron Cullen of Whitekirk, Scottish judge.

Cullen in song, story & screen: | Edit

Edward Cullen is the main vampire in the "Twilight" books. He has an entourage of other vampires behind him, all with the surname Cullen.

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