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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Cullen

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Cullen in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Cullen:

  • Records indicate that 9,703 boys in the United States have been named Cullen since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2010, when 674 people in the U.S. were given the name Cullen. Those people are now 10 years old.

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      5 Positive Comments

  • "Having the name Cullen was meant to be because my mom was reading a book that was in Gaelic and the word Cullen kept popping up. She found out that Cullen means handsome in Gaelic. Most people think my name is Colin or Collin but they were wrong. I have never met someone else that have the same name as me. I have met a Kellan, Cohen, and Collin before but never Cullen." Oct. 2, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Cullen lots of people when telling them think it's Callum or Colin and never met anyone else with the same name and why I like it it's unique." Mar. 31, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Cullen is was born on July 13th 2004 and I love my name. Its often miss spelled or said wrong but that?s fine cause my friends know the correct way, I?ve only met one other person with my name and it was spelled Cullan. I Love my name cause of how unique it is. The funny thing is my mom and sister love the twilight series and watch it at least once a year. My parents sorta knew they were going to name this cause all of are names have double letters my moms being named Carrie, Dad William and sister Emma. But I love my name and I?m glad it?s not so common." Jan. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our boy Cullen and we love it. It has never been mistaken for Colin but sometimes people think we ae saying Callum! We wouldn't change it for the world!" Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Cullen (born 1996) because it was my maiden name, and we love it because of the family connection and because it's unusual. His name is, however, constantly mispronounced and misspelled. Usually people think his name is Colin. He'd like to be "John" at the moment, but I think later on he'll appreciate it." Aug. 10, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "I still like the name but after naming one of my son's "Cullen" in the late 90's and dealing with the constant mispronunciation (until after Twilight) I think I would chose another name if I had to do it all over again. My poor kid got awful tired of being called Collin and Colon (WT?) or the like." Jul. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "There are several schools of thought for the derivation of the name Cullen. I believe the name the April 2006 noter was looking for when he said "Kill Cullen" was most likely CuChulainn, meaning literally "Hound of Cullan". There is an old Irish story involving a boy wanting to be a warrior for King Cullan, who slew Cullan's hound and by way of apology stayed on to guard the palace, changing his name to Hound of Cullan. Irish Gaelic being what it is, there are many spellings of all the names involved, and an Anglicised version would be Cullen. It is generally listed as "Irish surname transferred to forename use, an Anglicized form of Gaelic ż Coileżin, "descendant of Coileżn," hence "whelp, young pup."". Since the 'O' generally means 'son/descendant of', this would seem to bear out 'Cullen' being a derivation of Coileżn, the son of CuChulainn (Or Cu Coileżn). My son is named Cullen, and the name 'young pup' seems oddly appropriate for him, though I'm sure my appreciation is tempered by the idea that he is descended from warriors. Another meaning listed in baby name books is "good lad" or "Handsome lad", which both describe him very well also. :-)" Feb. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've gone by Cullen for many many years now. I was named Cullen before it was popular--one of the original pioneering Cullen's. There were other famous Cullen's before me. Most notably, the warrior known as Kill Cullen. Famous slaying people w/ a spear I heard. Most recently the angel of death, serial killer, Nurse Cullen. Hailed as the most prolific serial killer in all of New Jersey! Enjoy your name! With a name like Cullen, you'll go far!" Apr. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We called our boy Cullen and we love it! It has never been mistaken for Colin, but sometimes people think we say Callum! he definatly suits it and we would have it no other way!" Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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