Show ContentsCurrence History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Native Irish surnames such as Currence have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name Currence is Ó Corrain or the older form Ó Currain. 1

Early Origins of the Currence family

The surname Currence 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 Currence family

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

Currence Spelling Variations

The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Currence dating from that time include Curran, Currans, O'Curren, Curren, Corren, Corrane, O'Curran, Currens, Currin, Corraine, Courrane, Courran, Courren and many more.

Early Notables of the Currence family

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Migration of the Currence family

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Currence: David Curran who settled in Maryland in 1699; Andrew, Bernard, Daniel, David, Edward, Elizabeth, George, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Richard, Thomas and William Curran all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1820 and 1872.

Contemporary Notables of the name Currence (post 1700) +

  • Anna Currence, American CEO of Kitchen Bazaar from 1993 to 1995
  • John Currence, American chef who owns six restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi, recipient of the 2009 James Beard Award
  • Lafayette Currence (b. 1951), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1975 season

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland. Ireland: Irish Academic Press, sixth edition, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2366-3) on Facebook