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Gender: Male Meaning of Cullen: "holly tree" Origin of Cullen: Irish Cullen's Popularity in 2017: #517

The name Cullen is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "holly tree". Cullen is ranked #517 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Tree Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "2nd Small British Primary School".

From the experts:

Cullen is an appealing Irish surname name that upped its cool factor considerably when it became the Twilight family name of Edward et al. It's considerably less popular than it was at its peak in 2010, but is still widely used.

Cullen Jenkins was a defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles.

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Famous People Named Cullen

Cullen Jenkins, American football player
Cullen Loeffler, American football player
Cullen Jones, American swimmer
Countee Cullen, American poet
Cullen Byington, American vlogger (as part of Cullen & Katie)
Cullen Potter (b. 2007), son of ice hockey player Jenny Schmidgall-Potter

Pop Culture References for the name Cullen

Edward Cullen, character in the Twilight Saga, and family Alice, Emmett, Carlisle, Esme, and later Bella and Renesmee Cullen
Cullen Rutherford, character in the Dragon Age video game series
Cullen Bohannon, character on TV's "Hell on Wheels"

Cullinan, Cullin, Cullan


deusvult Says:


I feel genuinely sorry for anyone who loves Twilight enough to torture their son with the associations that this name brings with it.

LiaDerry Says:


My son's name is Benjamin Cullen. Love this name, almost used it for his first name but the 'Twilight" comments from people put me off. Now no one makes a connection. It's a family name & I always knew I'd use it.

SweetPraline Says:


My sister dated a boy a few years back named Cullen and ever since I've been obsessed with this name. DH is not a fan due to the Edward Cullen association, but now that the movie series is finished it might be a little more usable.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I hearing the word 'culling' when said out loud.

Shishi Says:


Isnt this Edward's last name????