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

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corley research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 130 and 1305 are included under the topic Early Corley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Rich Corley, who was among those 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
  • Bridget Corley, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Cyrus C. Corley, aged 53, who emigrated to America, in 1896
  • Felix Corley, aged 30, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from County Mayo, in 1905
  • Annie Corley, aged 26, who landed in America from Ballymote, Ireland, in 1907


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

Corley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Isaac Corley, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841

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  • 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


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  • 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.
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  2. 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.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  4. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  8. 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).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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