Meaning and Origin of: Cuyler

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Chapel
  • English : Peaceful
  • Dutch : Archer
  • Irish : The narrows; a wood; a church

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Dutch : probably a variant of Koole, from a short form of the personal name Nikolaas (see Nicholas). This is a common Dutch name in the Albany area. A variant form of the surname in the Netherlands is Kuilart, suggesting perhaps that these could be occupational names for a potato grower, from kuilen ‘to plant potatoes’ (from kuil ‘pit’, ‘hole’).
  • The Cuyler family were one of five prominent political families in Albany, NY, by the 1730s. Philip and Cornelius Cuyler provisioned militiamen during the French and Indian War.