Currie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the name Currie are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Currie was originally found the place named Currie, derived from Gaelic curraigh, in Midlothian, on record since 1230. Some instances of this name in Scotland are also known to have derived the place name Corrie in Dumfriesshire.

Early Origins of the Currie family

The surname Currie was first found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Currie family

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Currie Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Currie has been spelled Currie, Curry, Currey and others.

Early Notables of the Currie family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Currie family to Ireland

Some of the Currie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Currie migration to the United States +

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Currie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Currie, who landed in America in 1750 [1]
  • Catharine Currie, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774 [1]
Currie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James, Currie Jr., who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Josias Currie, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Thomas Currie, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Angus Currie, aged 42, who arrived in North Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Bernard Currie, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Currie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Currie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Richard Currie U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. David Currie, "Curry" U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Joshua Currie, "Curry, Currey" U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]
  • Lt. Ross Currie, "Curry" U.E. born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 member of the Pennsylvania Loyalists Regiment [2]
Currie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Currie, who arrived in Canada in 1816

Australia Currie migration to Australia +

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

Currie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Lancelot William Currie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839 [3]
  • Mary Currie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [4]
  • Lawrence Currie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849 [5]
  • Michael Currie, Scottish convict from Scotland, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [6]
  • Ann Currie "alias Murray", Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Currie 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:

Currie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Archibald Currie, Scottish settler travelling from Leith aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January 1858 [8]
  • Mrs. Currie, Scottish settler with 5 children travelling from Leith aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January 1858 [8]
  • Mr. Isaac Currie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [8]
  • Mrs. Isabel Currie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [8]
  • Miss Eliza Currie, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tamar" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th January 1858 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Currie (post 1700) +

  • Monique Currie (b. 1983), American WNBA basketball player
  • Nancy Jane Sherlock Currie (b. 1958), United States Army officer, and NASA astronaut
  • Lauchlin Bernard Currie (1902-1993), American (Canadian-born) economist
  • Paul Currie (b. 1985), Scottish footballer from Edinburgh
  • Ken Currie (b. 1960), Scottish painter
  • Sir Frederick Currie (1799-1875), 1st Baronet, Foreign Secretary to the Indian Government and a member of the Supreme Council of India [9]
  • Hugh Roy Currie (1925-2017), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman who played in one game for the Montreal Canadiens during the 1950-1951 NHL season
  • David Norman Currie (b. 1962), English former football striker from Stockton
  • Sir Walter Mordaunt Cyril Currie (1894-1978), 5th Baronet, English peer and poet who wrote the lyrics for Cecil Armstrong Gibbs's second symphony Odysseus
  • Brigadier John Cecil Currie MC DSO & two Bars (1898-1944), English officer in the British Army during World War II killed in action
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Kate  Currie (1882-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Miss May  Currie (1900-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Miss Florence  Currie (1902-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Miss Ruby  Currie (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert Currie (b. 1921), Scottish Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Glasgow, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. George Currie (b. 1914), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ashton-under-lyne, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. George Currie, English First Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]


  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839CityOfAdelaide.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN MUNN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMunnPassengers.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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