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The Curley surname is an Anglicization, derived from the Irish Gaelic "Mac Toirdhealbhaigh."
The surname Curley was first found in the Connacht
counties of Galway
(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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Corley, MacCorley, Curley, Curlee, Curling, Kirley, McKerley, McCurley, McCurly and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curley research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 130 and 1305 are included under the topic Early Curley History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Curley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Curley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alice Curley, who settled in Virginia in 1636
- Alice Curley, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
- Charles Curley who settled in America in 1654
Curley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Curley, who landed in Maryland in 1822
- Margaret Curley, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1849
- Israel Curley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- William M Curley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
- P Curley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
Curley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Owen Curley, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Rose Curley, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Patrick Curley, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway
- Biddy and Margaret Curley, who settled in Quebec in 1849
Curley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Daniel Curley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849
- Jane Curley, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
Curley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Daniel Curley, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- Mary Curley, aged 16, a housekeeper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
- Miss Alice Curley (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Thomas "Tom" Curley (b. 1948), American journalist appointed President of the Associated Press, the world's largest news organization in 2003
- Carlo Curley (b. 1952), American classical concert organist
- Walter Joseph Patrick Curley (b. 1922), United States Ambassador to France from 1989 to 1993 and the United States Ambassador to Ireland from 1975 to 1977
- George F. Curley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952
- Edward Walter Curley (1873-1940), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 22nd District, 1935-40
- Charles F. Curley, American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1916-20; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1928
- Charles F. Curley, American Democrat politician, Member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee, Democratic National Convention, 1912
- Albert H. Curley, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 16th District, 1928
- Gerald M. Curley, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1966
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
- Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
The Curley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Curley 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.
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