Curlew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Curlew surname is an Anglicization, derived from the Irish Gaelic "Mac Toirdhealbhaigh."
Early Origins of the Curlew family
The surname Curlew was 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.
Important Dates for the Curlew family
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Curlew Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Corley, MacCorley, Curley, Curlee, Curling, Kirley, McKerley, McCurley, McCurly and many more.
Early Notables of the Curlew family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Curlew family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Curley who settled in America in 1654; Rich Corley, who was among those given a land patent in Virginia in 1675-76; Biddy and Margaret Curley, who settled in Quebec in 1849.