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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Corry, O'Corry, Corrie, MacCorry, Curry, MacCurry and many more.

First found in counties Clare and Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster, as well as in Ulster where different instances of this surname originated.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curry research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1186, 1659, 1279, 1308, 1634, 1718, 1671, 1677, 1667, 1726, 1711, 1713, 1719, 1726, 1755, 1813, 1796, 1862, 1770 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Curry History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Curry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Curry Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Barbery Curry, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Thomas Curry, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Alexander Curry, who landed in Maryland in 1679
  • Robert Curry, who landed in Maryland in 1684

Curry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Curry, aged 12, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Jane Curry, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Wm Curry, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Conell Curry, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Henry Curry, who landed in New York, NY in 1811


  • Adrianne Marie Curry (b. 1982), American model
  • Haskell Brooks Curry (1900-1982), American mathematician and logician
  • Major General John Francis Curry (1886-1973), first national commander of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary
  • John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), American painter and illustrator
  • Michael Timothy "Mickey" Curry (b. 1956), American rock drummer
  • Major-General John Francis Curry (1886-1973), American Commanding General 2nd Air Force (1941)
  • Robert Curry, American Olympic gold medalist for wrestling at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Timothy James "Tim" Curry (b. 1946), Emmy Award-winning and three-time Tony Award-nominated English actor, singer, and composer, best known for his role in the cult movie Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • John Curry (1949-1994), British figure skater, who won Olympic Gold in 1976


  • A Compilation of the Data Relating to the Descendants of William Curry and Charity Lockwood by Margaret A. Knapp Stevenson.
  • Curry Cousins, 1785 to 1974 by Carolyn Reeves Ericson.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vigilans et audaux
Motto Translation: Vigilant and bold.



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The Curry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Curry 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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