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

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

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During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Current revealed many variations, including 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 Current research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1411, 1526, 1546, 1750, and 1817 are included under the topic Early Current 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 Current Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Current: David Curran who settled in Maryland in 1699; Andrew, Bernard, Daniel, David, Edward, Elizabeth, George, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Richard, Thomas and William Curran all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1820 and 1872.

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