Curtain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Curtain family

The surname Curtain was first found in Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as Chiefs of their race. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Kerry and Limerick. Traditionally they are descended from the O'Connor and from the 3rd son of Fergus Mor, King of Ulster, who was ancestor of the Clann Cruitin.

Early History of the Curtain family

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Curtain Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Curtain, Crutin, Curtayne, McCruttin, McCurtain, McCurtaine, O'Curtain, O'Curtaine and many more.

Early Notables of the Curtain family (pre 1700)

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United States Curtain migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Curtain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Curtain, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]
Curtain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bartholomew Curtain, who settled in Boston in 1763
  • James Curtain, a bonded emigrant who arrived in America in 1775
Curtain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lawrence Curtain, aged 22, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • John Curtain, who arrived in Mississippi in 1841 [1]
  • Patrick Curtain, who landed in Mississippi in 1842 [1]
  • David Curtain, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Boston in 1849
  • Ellen Curtain, who was naturalized in Alabama in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Curtain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Curtain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Curtain, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Guillaume Curtain, who arrived in Quebec in 1761
Curtain Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Curtain, who was on record in the census of Ontario of 1871

Australia Curtain migration to Australia +

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

Curtain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Curtain, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Mary Curtain, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [3]
  • Eliza Curtain, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [4]

New Zealand Curtain 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:

Curtain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Curtain, (b. 1857), aged 21, Irish farm labourer from Kerry departing on 10th August 1878 aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th November 1878


  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml


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