The origin of the name Currah is uncertain. It may be a toponymic name derived from one of the places in Ireland
called Curragh, the most famous of which is the Curragh of Kildare
. The Gaelic word "curach" meaning "champion" or "hero" could also have been the origin of the name. Finally, in some cases, the name is of Scottish origin and is the Irish form of MacCurrach, a sept of the MacPherson clan.
Early Origins of the Currah family
The surname Currah was first found in the southern part of County Down
, and the northern part of Louth, where Thomas Curragh, a farmer of Kilpatrick, was recorded in 1428 in a case in Archbishop Swayne's register. In the following century the name was found in and near Dublin
. Richard Curragh was a farmer of Raheny in 1561, and another Richard Curragh was a member of the Merchant Tailor's Guild, and was made a freeman of Dublin
city in 1589. The Curragh of Kildare
is an expanse of plains land, famed for horse riding and races, that has been used for military purposes since antiquity.
Currah Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Currah family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Currah family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Curragh, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1855; Joseph Curra and his family, who arrived in New York in 1867; and Fanny Curragh, who landed in New York in 1882..
Contemporary Notables of the name Currah (post 1700)
- Paisley Currah, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (2003)
- Dr. Randy S Currah, professor of biology at the University of Alberta (2004)