Meaning and Origin of: Sully

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Gaelic : To stain

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : habitational name from any of various places, for example in Calvados, Loiret, and Oise. The first of these is recorded in 1180 as Silleium, from the Gallo-Roman personal nameSilius or Cilius + the Latin locative suffix-acum. The others are from a personal name Sol(l)ius +-acum.
  • Southern English : of uncertain origin; possibly a habitational name imported from France and so identical with 1, or alternatively a variant of Sulley. It may also be from the parish of Sully in Glamorgan, Wales, so called either from Old Norsesul ‘cleft’ + ey ‘island’ or from the Norman family namede Sulley (as in 1), which is recorded in Glamorgan in the 12th century.