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Where did the Irish Curran family come from? What is the Irish Curran family crest and coat of arms? When did the Curran family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Curran family history?

Native Irish surnames such as Curran have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Curran is O Corrain or the older form O Currain.

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Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Curran family name include Curran, Currans, O'Curren, Curren, Corren, Corrane, O'Curran, Currens, Currin, Corraine, Courrane, Courran, Courren and many more.

First found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster, where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curran research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1411, 1526, 1546, 1750, and 1817 are included under the topic Early Curran History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Curran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Curran:

Curran Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Daniel Curran, who landed in Maryland in 1680
  • David Curran who settled in Maryland in 1699

Curran Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Curran, who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • Martin Curran, aged 32, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Matthew Curran, aged 30, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Peter Curran, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Thomas Curran, who landed in New York, NY in 1817


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  • Joseph Curran (1906-1981), American Union Leader
  • Francis Earl "Frank" Curran (1912-1992), American Democratic politician
  • John Curran (b. 1960), American film director and screenwriter, winner of the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction
  • Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), American painter
  • John Philpot Curran (1750-1817), Irish orator, politician and wit
  • Sir Charles John Curran (1921-1980), Director General of the BBC, and President of the European Broadcasting Union
  • Sir Samuel Curran FRS, FRSE (1912-1998), British physicist and the first Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde
  • Lady Joan Strothers Curran (1916-1999), British physicist
  • Charles Howard Curran (1894-1972), Canadian entomologist, specialist in Diptera
  • Christopher Curran (b. 1971), English former professional footballer

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  • A Curran Family History by Shirley Gilbert Mapes.
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The Curran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Curran Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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