Curley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Curley surname is an Anglicization, derived from the Irish Gaelic "Mac Toirdhealbhaigh."

Early Origins of the Curley family

The surname Curley 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.

Early History of the Curley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curley research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 130 and 1305 are included under the topic Early Curley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Curley 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 Curley family (pre 1700)

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United States Curley migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • 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 [1]
  • Margaret Curley, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]
  • Israel Curley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • William M Curley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • P Curley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Curley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Curley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Owen Curley, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Rose Curley, aged 21, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Patrick Curley, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Miss. Ellen Curley, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Yorkshire" departing 9th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 10th August 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mr. James Curley who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Junior" departing 10th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 3rd July 1847 but he died on board [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Curley migration to Australia +

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

Curley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Curley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849 [3]
  • Jane Curley, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"

New Zealand Curley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Curley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Curley, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [4]
  • Daniel Curley, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Mary Curley, aged 16, a housekeeper, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Curley (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • James Michael Curley (1874-1958), American political leader, mayor of Boston, Governor of Massachusetts
  • Michael Joseph Curley (1879-1947), American who was the 10th Archbishop of Baltimore and first Archbishop of Washington
  • Gerald M. Curley, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1966 [5]
  • George F. Curley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1952 [5]
  • Edward Walter Curley (1873-1940), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 22nd District, 1935-40 [5]
  • Charles F. Curley, American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for Delaware, 1916-20; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1928 [5]
  • Charles F. Curley, American Democrat politician, Member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee, Democratic National Convention, 1912 [5]
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Alice Curley, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 72)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MARY ANN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849MaryAnn.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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