Curran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Native Irish surnames such as Curran have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Curran is O Corrain or the older form O Currain.

Early Origins of the Curran family

The surname Curran was first found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Curran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curran research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1526, 1546, 1411, 1526, 1546, 1411, 1750 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Curran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Curran Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Curran family name include Curran, Currans, O'Curren, Curren, Corren, Corrane, O'Curran, Currens, Currin, Corraine, Courrane, Courran, Courren and many more.

Early Notables of the Curran family (pre 1700)

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United States Curran migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Curran:

Curran Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniel Curran, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [1]
  • David Curran who settled in Maryland in 1699
Curran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Curran, who landed in Maryland in 1809 [1]
  • Martin Curran, aged 32, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • Matthew Curran, aged 30, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • Peter Curran, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Thomas Curran, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Curran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Curran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Winny Curran, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Catherine Curran, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Michael Curran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Mary Curran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1834
  • Michael Curran, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Curran migration to Australia +

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

Curran Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Stephen Curran, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Patrick Curran, a stone-mason, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Miss Peggy Curran, (Margaret), (b. 1826), aged 25, Irish country servant who was convicted in Carlow, Ireland for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • John Curran, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [4]
  • Patrick Curran, aged 40, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Curran 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:

Curran Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Curran, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Janet Curran, aged 19, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Helen Curran, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • Mr. James Curran, (b. 1842), aged 23, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [6]
  • Mr. John Curran, (b. 1847), aged 18, British labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Curran (post 1700) +

  • Sir Samuel Curran FRS, FRSE (1912-1998), British physicist and the first Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde
  • Kevin Patrick Curran (1957-2016), American six-time Primetime Emmy Award winning television comedy writer, best known for his work on Late Night with David Letterman, Married...with Children, and The Simpsons
  • John Philpot Curran (1750-1817), Irish orator, politician and wit, he belonged to a family said to have originally come from Cumberland, where it bore the name of Curwen [7]
  • Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), American painter
  • John Curran (b. 1960), American film director and screenwriter, winner of the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Direction
  • Francis Earl "Frank" Curran (1912-1992), American Democratic politician
  • Joseph Curran (1906-1981), American Union Leader
  • Lady Joan Strothers Curran (1916-1999), Welsh scientist, wife of Sir Samuel Curran
  • Peter Curran (b. 1962), Australian rules footballer
  • Brian Phillip Curran (b. 1963), Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Patrick Curran, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]


Suggested Readings for the name Curran +

  • 1219 "A Curran Family History" by Shirley Gilbert Mapes.

  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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