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Where did the Scottish McCurry family come from? What is the Scottish McCurry family crest and coat of arms? When did the McCurry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McCurry family history?The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name McCurry. The McCurry family 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.
The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. McCurry has appeared as 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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCurry research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1179, 1291, and 1570 are included under the topic Early McCurry History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McCurry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McCurry 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.
As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:
McCurry Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- Angus McCurry, who landed in North Carolina in 1774
McCurry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- H McCurry, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- W. McCurry, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
McCurry Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- Henry McCurry, aged 20, who landed in America from Antrim, in 1900
- Ester McCurry, aged 18, who landed in America from Armagh, Ireland, in 1904
- Jane McCurry, aged 19, who landed in America from Antrim, in 1904
- William McCurry, aged 38, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1904
- James McCurry, aged 23, who settled in America from Armagh, in 1905
- Jeffrey Dee "Jeff" McCurry (b. 1970), retired American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Steve McCurry (b. 1950), American photojournalist
- Mike McCurry (b. 1954), White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton
- Michael McCurry (b. 1964), Scottish football referee, Baptist Associate Pastor
- Mike McCurry (b. 1964), Scottish football referee
- Francis Joseph "Duke" McCurry (1900-1965), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey left winger with the Pittsburgh Pirates
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The McCurry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McCurry 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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