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What does Cullen mean?

Cullen Pronunciation of Cullen [cullen] as a boys' name is pronounced KULL-en. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cullen is "good-looking lad; handsome". Poet William Cullen Bryant.

Associated with: irish, good, handsome.


Cullen has 3 variants: Cullan, Cullin and Cullinan.

Creative forms:
(male) Colen, Culden, ..

(female) Culna, Culnia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cullen Andrei (C.A.), ..

How popular is Cullen?

Cullen is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1665 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cullen reached its peak rank of #413 in the U.S. in 2010, and is currently at #571. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cullen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cullen outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cullen is alike in pronunciation to Caelan, Caelen, Cailean, Cailin, Calan, Callan, Caolan, Colan, Colin, Collen, Collin, Colwin, Colwyn, Colyn, Kalen, Kellan, Kellen, Kellin, Killean, Kylen, Quillan and Quillen. Other recommended names are Allen, Arllen, Callum, Cillian, Clem, Cleon, Colden, Collden (see Colden), Colle, Colley, Colten, Conlen, Culley, Cully, Culver, Curley, Cutler, Cuyler, Dallen, Dillen, Fuller, Gillen, Gullan, Hallen, Julien, Mallen, Mellen, Millen, Muller, Sulley, Tallen, Tulley and Vallen. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cullen.

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