City Directories and History: “Bulls Island, Charleston County, contrary to earlier statements, was named for Stephen Bull, founder of that Bull family in the Charleston area. The attachment of the name Bullings to this island is correct for its etymology is the possessive form of the name Bull.”
Bulls Island, Charleston County, is large, measuring some six miles long and over a mile wide at the northern end. Originally, it was known by its Indian name of Oni:see:cau. On the 7th of December 1696 one Small Hartly was granted all that “Island commonly called Anisecau or Bullings Island,” which implies that Bullings was granted this island but failed to follow through on his grant although such evidence seems to be lacking. It may be that some one gave his name to this island, instead of Capers (see below). By 1708-9 this island was already owned by Captain John Collins. His son Jonah Collins sold it prior to 1743 to John Atchison, who, on that date, sold it to Daniel McGregor and William Bohannan. In the latter deed it is referred to as Bulls Island. The name is probably a corruption of Bulling, a surname.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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