Curwen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Curwen family chronicle reaches back into history to the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. The Curwen family lived in Cumberland, where it was originally associated with Culwen. Culwen or Culewen is the old spelling of Colvend which was located near the river Urr, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Early Origins of the Curwen family

The surname Curwen was first found in Northumberland, 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.

Early History of the Curwen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curwen research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1379, 1554, 1558, 1559, 1567, 1571, 1621, and 1679 are included under the topic Early Curwen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Curwen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations occur frequently in Scottish names that date from the medieval era. They result from a general lack of grammatical rules and the tendency to spell names according to sound. Curwen has been spelled Curwen, Curwens, Corwen, Corwyn, Curwyn, Curwin, Curvin, Corwin, Kerwen, Kerwin, Kerwyn, Kervin and many more.

Early Notables of the Curwen family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Curwen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Curwen migration to the United States

In the 20th century, the ancestors of many of those Boernician-Scottish people still populate North America. They distributed themselves on either side of the border at the time of the War of Independence. United Empire Loyalists went north to Canada and those who wanted a new nation stayed south. Both groups went on to found great nations. Some of the first North American settlers with Curwen name or one of its variants:

Curwen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Curwen, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1797
Curwen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Curwen, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1823

Contemporary Notables of the name Curwen (post 1700)

  • Sir Christopher Keith Curwen (1929-2013), Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service from 1985-1989
  • John Curwen (1816-1880), English Congregationalist minister, founder of the Tonic Sol-fa system of musical teaching
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