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

Curran Early Origins



The surname Curran was 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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Curran Spelling Variations


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Curran Spelling Variations



Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Curran family name include Curran, Currans, O'Curren, Curren, Corren, Corrane, O'Curran, Currens, Currin, Corraine, Courrane, Courran, Courren and many more.

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Curran Early History


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Curran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curran research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1411, 1526, 1546, 1750, and 1817 are included under the topic Early Curran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Curran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Curran Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Curran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Curran:

Curran Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Curran, who landed in Maryland in 1680
  • David Curran who settled in Maryland in 1699

Curran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Curran, who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • Martin Curran, aged 32, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Matthew Curran, aged 30, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Peter Curran, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Thomas Curran, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Winny Curran, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Catherine Curran, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Michael Curran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Mary Curran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • Michael Curran, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Curran, a stone-mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Patrick Curran, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • John Curran, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
  • James Curran, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  • William Curran, British convict from Guernsey, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Curran, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Janet Curran, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Helen Curran arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Kate Curran, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Winifred Curran, aged 54, a nurse, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Curran (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Curran (post 1700)



  • Kevin Patrick Curran (1957-2016), American six-time Primetime Emmy Award winning television comedy writer, best known for his work on Late Night with David Letterman, Married...with Children, and The Simpsons
  • Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), American painter
  • John Curran (b. 1960), American film director and screenwriter, winner of the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction
  • Francis Earl "Frank" Curran (1912-1992), American Democratic politician
  • Joseph Curran (1906-1981), American Union Leader
  • John Philpot Curran (1750-1817), Irish orator, politician and wit
  • Sir Samuel Curran FRS, FRSE (1912-1998), British physicist and the first Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde
  • Lady Joan Strothers Curran (1916-1999), Welsh scientist, wife of Sir Samuel Curran
  • Peter Curran (b. 1962), Australian rules footballer
  • Brian Phillip Curran (b. 1963), Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Curran Historic Events


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Curran Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Patrick Curran, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Curran


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Suggested Readings for the name Curran



  • A Curran Family History by Shirley Gilbert Mapes.

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Curran Family Crest Products


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Curran Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855

Other References

  1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
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The Curran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Curran 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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