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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


In ancient Scotland, Corrie was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in the parish of Hutton Corrie in the county of Dumfriesshire.

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The surname Corrie was first found in Dumfriesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Area, 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.

Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Corrie has been spelled Corrie, Corry, Corey, Correy, Corrye, Corie, Cory, Cawrie, Cawrey and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corrie research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1296, 1379, 1398, 1449, 1526, 1547 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Corrie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Corrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Corrie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Corrie, aged 44, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • John Corrie, aged 51, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Alexander, Jane, Margaret, Nicholas, Robert and William Corrie arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in the 18th century
  • William Corrie, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • Robert Corrie, who applied for Naturalization in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1828


Corrie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Willm Corrie, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Corrie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Corrie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline Agnes" in 1850
  • Johanna Corrie, aged 48, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • John Corrie, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Corrie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edgar A. Corrie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860

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  • Heather Corrie (b. 1971), British-born American slalom canoer
  • Rachel Aliene Corrie (1979-2003), American member of the International Solidarity Movement killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces bulldozer
  • Joe Corrie (1894-1968), Scottish miner, poet and playwright
  • George Corrie (b. 1973), English footballer
  • The Rt Rev Daniel Corrie (1778-1837), English churchman, the inaugural Bishop of Madras
  • Leslie Gordon Corrie (1859-1918), Australian architect and the mayor of Brisbane
  • Emily Corrie (b. 1978), British Royal Navy sailor and former actress
  • Edward Lyall Corrie (1848-1931), English rower
  • Will Corrie, British actor of the silent era
  • Anthony Corrie (b. 1984), Australian rules footballer

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