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

The name Curiel is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a messenger or person who dresses tanned leather. In the former case, the surname Curiel is derived from the Old French words corŽor or courreour, which mean courier. In the latter case, the surname is derived from the Old French word couraieur, which in turn comes from the Old French word conreeur, which means currier.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Curiel include Currer, Curror, Currier, Curryer, Conreor, Couraour, Curur, Curreour, Currour, Curryar, Corour and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kildwick from ancient times. .


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curiel research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1256, 1293, 1314, 1375, 1379, 1400, 1430, 1546, 1656, 1661, and 1740 are included under the topic Early Curiel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Curiel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Curiel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Solomon Curiel, who landed in Jamaica in 1741

Curiel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco De Curiel, who landed in America in 1813

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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: Merite
Motto Translation: Merit

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