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Where did the Irish Cory family come from? What is the Irish Cory family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cory family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cory family history?

The name Cory has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Corraidh or O Corra.


Numerous spelling variations of the surname Cory exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Corey, Cory, Coriell and others.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cory research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Cory History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Cory were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Cory Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Giles Cory, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1659
  • Fran Cory, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Cory Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samson Cory, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1713-1714
  • Robert Cory, who settled in Philadelphia in 1774
  • T Joal Cory, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Cory Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. H. E. Cory, who both arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John Cory, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Cory Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Cory arrived in Port Phillip aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849

Cory Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Cory landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Cory arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856


  • Charles Barney Cory (1857-1921), American ornithologist, traveler and golfer, who competed at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Scott Cory (1968-1988), American Student from Old Lyme Court, Connecticut, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • William Johnson Cory (1823-1892), English poet and classicist, who published a single volume of verse "Ionica" in which is found the famous translation from Callimachus "Heraclitus"
  • Robert Towerson Cory, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy in 1809
  • Peter de Carteret Cory (b. 1925), Canadian judge, member of the Supreme Court of Canada (1989-1999)
  • Suzanne Cory (b. 1942), Australian biologist, awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 2002



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The Cory Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cory 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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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