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


The surname Coryell was 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.

During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Coryell revealed many variations, including Corey, Cory, Coriell and others.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Coryell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Coryells:

Coryell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • L S Coryell, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Mr. Coryell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. Coryell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Coryell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Abraham Coryell, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Daniel Coryell, who landed in Canada in 1830

  • John Russell Coryell (1848-1924), American prolific pulp novelist
  • Murali Coryell (b. 1969), American blues guitarist and singer, daughter of Larry Coryell
  • Julian Coryell (b. 1973), American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer, son of Larry Coryell
  • Larry Coryell (b. 1943), nicknamed "The Godfather of Fusion", an American jazz fusion guitarist
  • Donald David Coryell (1924-2010), American NFL football coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, perhaps best known for his offensive scheme and philosophy named Air Coryell
  • Charles DuBois Coryell (1912-1971), American chemist, one of the discoverers of the element promethium

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    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Coryell Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Coryell 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 15 July 2016 at 07:17.

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