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The Corley surname is an Anglicization, derived from the Irish Gaelic "Mac Toirdhealbhaigh."

Early Origins of the Corley family

The surname Corley was first found in the Connacht counties of Galway and Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where the places names Ballymacurley and Curley's Island can be found. There is also legend in Ireland, that the name descends from Maolduin, the second son of the 164th Monarch of Ireland, who founded the clanns of Muldoon. Maolduin's great, great grandson was Clercen, whose name means "curly one." Clercen founded the Clan O'Cleircen, which anglicized is Curley or Curling.

Early History of the Corley family

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Corley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Corley, MacCorley, Curley, Curlee, Curling, Kirley, McKerley, McCurley, McCurly and many more.

Early Notables of the Corley family (pre 1700)

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Corley Ranking

In the United States, the name Corley is the 1,592nd most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [1]

United States Corley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Corley, who was among Thomase given a land patent in Virginia in 1675-76
Corley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • N Corley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Bridget Corley, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Cyrus C. Corley, aged 53, who immigrated to America, in 1896
  • Felix Corley, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Monaghan, in 1899
  • Alice Corley, aged 22, who landed in America from Castleblarney, in 1899
Corley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ann Corley, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Ballyvary, in 1900
  • Anne Corley, aged 19, who landed in America from Castlebar, in 1901
  • Annes Haven Corley, aged 25, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Celia Corley, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from County Mayo, in 1905
  • Annie Corley, aged 26, who landed in America from Ballymote, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Corley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Corley, who was recorded in 1843 in Nova Scotia Canada, when he registered his support for the repeal of the Act of Union of 1801 which had Ireland under British rule
  • Ms. Margaret Corley, aged 23 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sarah" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]

New Zealand Corley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Corley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Corley, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Mr. Isaac Corley, (b. 1817), aged 23, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Corley (post 1700) +

  • Buster Corley (1951-2023), American co-founder of Dave & Buster's, an American restaurant and entertainment business headquartered in Dallas
  • DeMarcus Deon Corley (b. 1974), American professional boxer who held the WBO junior welterweight title from 2001 to 2003
  • Donald Corley (1886-1955), American author of short stories, illustrator and architect
  • Edwin Raymond Corley (1931-1981), American novelist
  • General John D. W. Corley, American general, 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Brigadier General John T. Corley (1914-1977), American career Army officer noted for his contributions to Army training
  • Pat Corley (1930-2006), American actor, best known for his role as Phil on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown from 1988 to 1996
  • Al Corley (b. 1956), American actor, singer and producer
  • Harry Cecil Corley (1878-1936), Irish sportsman and sport official
  • Terrance Corley Burrus, American keyboardist, composer, record producer, conductor

Suggested Readings for the name Corley +

  • The Southern Sojourners: Corley-Sanford and Allied Lines by Rosemary Corley Neal.
  • William Corley and David Nolen Descendants of Tennessee and Illinois, 1730-1982 by Lynette Nolen McCarthy.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 21)
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook