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.
Early Origins of the MacCurtain family
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.
Early History of the MacCurtain family
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MacCurtain 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.
Early Notables of the MacCurtain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCurtain family to the New World and Oceana
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..
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