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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Curry family come from? What is the Scottish 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?

The name Curry was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Curry to use this name no doubt lived the place named Currie, derived from Gaelic curraigh, in Midlothian, on record since 1230. Some instances of this name in Scotland are also known to have derived the place name Corrie in Dumfriesshire.

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Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Curry has been spelled Currie, Curry, Currey and others.

First found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curry research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1179, 1291, and 1570 are included under the topic Early Curry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Curry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Curry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 282 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

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


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  • 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
  • Wayne Keith Curry (1951-2014), American politician, 5th Prince George's, Maryland County Executive (1994-2002)
  • 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


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  • 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.
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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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