Show ContentsCureton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Cureton surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in the township of Cuerden, which is in the parish of Leyland in the county of Lancashire. The surname Cureton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

The Kearton variant hails from the hamlet so named in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire. [1] This place dates back to the 13th century when it was known as Karretan and possibly meant "farmstead of a man called Kaerir," a Viking personal name. [2]

Early Origins of the Cureton family

The surname Cureton was first found in Lancashire in the village and civil parish of Cuerden in the Borough of Chorley. The village has remained small over the years as a recent census showed only 77 people living there. The place name derives its name from the Welsh word cerdin.

Roger the Poitevin (Roger de Poitou), born in Normandy originally held the lands shortly after the Conquest. Cuerden Hall is a country mansion built around 1717 on a site of a previous manor home.

Early History of the Cureton family

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Cureton Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cureton include Cuerden, Cuerton and others.

Early Notables of the Cureton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Cuerden a prominent landholder in 17th century Lancashire. Sir William Courten or Curteene (1572-1636), was an English merchant, the son of William Courten, by his wife Margaret Casiere, and was born in London in 1572. A younger brother, born in 1581, was named Peter. Their father was son of a tailor of Menin and a protestant. After enduring much persecution at the hands of the Spaniards, he escaped to...
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Cureton Ranking

In the United States, the name Cureton is the 5,676th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Cureton migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Cureton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard and Margaret Cureton, and their two children who arrived in Philadelphia in 1685
  • Richard Cureton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [4]

Australia Cureton migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cureton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Cureton, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cureton (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Stewart Cleveland Cureton (1930-2008), American President of the National Baptist Convention
  • Hardiman Cureton, American former player of Canadian football
  • Earl Cureton (b. 1957), retired American professional basketball player
  • William H. Cureton, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 18th District, 1867-69 [6]
  • James Cureton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1912 [6]
  • Hugh Cureton, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1928 [6]
  • Calvin Maples Cureton (b. 1874), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1909-12; Texas State Attorney General, 1919-21; Chief Justice of Texas State Supreme Court, 1921-36 [6]
  • Jamie Cureton (b. 1975), English football striker
  • William Cureton (1808-1864), English Syriac scholar
  • Benjamin Cureton (b. 1981), Australian rower

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook