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Irish surnames have been much altered from their original forms. Before being translated into English, MacCurtain appeared as "Mac Cuirtin," derived from the personal name "Cruitin," which means "hunchbacked." As this name is descriptive in origin, it is considered to be a nickname surname. Like the majority of early Irish hereditary surnames, nickname surnames were formed by adding either the prefix "Mc," meaning "son of," or "O," meaning "grandson of," to the root of the name.

MacCurtain Early Origins



The surname MacCurtain was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were an ancient Thomond sept whose family seat was at Ennistymon. They held a family seat as Chiefs of the Clann Cruitin. Their territories were in the barony of Corcomroe, County Clare, where they and the MacBrodys were hereditary ollaves (master-poets) and as such sat next to the king at the table and was privileged, as none else but the queen was, to wear six different colors in his clothes.

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MacCurtain Spelling Variations


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MacCurtain Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: McCurtin, McCurtain, Curtin, Curtain, Cruitin, McCruitin, O'Curtin, O'Curtain, McCruttin, O'Cruttin, Cyrtayne, Curtayne, McCurtaine, O'Curtaine, O'Cruitin, O'Cuarthain, Cruitin, MacCurtin and many more.

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MacCurtain Early History


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MacCurtain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCurtain research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1680, 1755, 1793 and 1405 are included under the topic Early MacCurtain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacCurtain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacCurtain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCurtain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Cornelius Curtin, age 29, who arrived in America in 1885, James Curtin, who came to Antigua in 1798, Thomas Curtin, who came to Mobile Alabama in 1857, TG Curtin, who settled in San Francisco in 1860, David Curtin, who arrived in Arkansas in 1874, as well as Thomas Curtin, who came to Nova Scotia in 1831..

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacCurtain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacCurtain (post 1700)



  • Tomás Mac Curtain (1884-1920), Irish Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork in January 1920
  • Dermot MacCurtain (b. 1957), Irish former sportsperson who played for Cork (1977-1987)
  • Margaret MacCurtain, Irish educator, writer, innovator, and feminist activist, who was a in the Irish History Department of University College Dublin from 1964-1994

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
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    The MacCurtain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacCurtain Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 February 2015 at 08:47.

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