Curwen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Curwen family

The surname Curwen was first found in Northumberland where the "Curwens of Workington claim descent from the famous Gospatric, Earl of Northumberland. They 'took that name by covenant from Culwen, a family of Galloway, the heir whereof they had married.' Camden. De Culwen was changed to Curwen temp. Henry VI." [1]

Early History of the Curwen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Curwen research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1571, 1621, 1679, 1379, 1602, 1664, 1666, 1696, 1640 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Curwen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Curwen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Curwen, Curwens, Corwen, Corwyn, Curwyn, Curwin, Curvin, Corwin, Kerwen, Kerwin, Kerwyn, Kervin and many more.

Early Notables of the Curwen family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Henry Curwen; Robert Curwen, a landholder in 1379 in Yorkshire; Sir Henry and Sir Thomas Curwen of Workington Hall; Sir Patricius Curwen, 1st Baronet (c. 1602-1664), an English landowner and politician who supported the Royalist side in the English Civil War; George Corwin...
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Curwen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Curwen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Curwen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Curwen, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1797
Curwen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Curwen, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1823

Contemporary Notables of the name Curwen (post 1700) +

  • John Curwen (1816-1880), English Congregationalist minister, founder of the Tonic Sol-fa system of musical teaching
  • Sir Christopher Keith Curwen (1929-2013), Head of the British Secret Intelligence Service from 1985-1989


The Curwen Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Si je n'estoy
Motto Translation: If I were not.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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