McCurrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname McCurrie was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde-Britons. It was a name for someone who lived 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 McCurrie family

The surname McCurrie was first found in Midlothian, where "Philip de Curry granted the lands of Dalhengun and Bargower in Kyle to the Abbey of Melrose, 1179. About 1210 Peter de Curri witnessed a charter by Malcolm Loccard, and John Curry of Scotland is mentioned in an Annandale charter, 1238." [1]

"Hugh de Corrie witnessed a charter of a fishery in Torduf c. 1194-1211, and as de Corri he witnessed resignation of land in Weremundebi and Anant within the same period. Radulph de Cony witnessed a charter by Henry de Grahame a. 1200." [1]

In England, Dodda æt Curi was listed as an Old English Byname in Somerset c1075; and Richard de Cury was listed in Somerset in 1212. [2] Curry, Curry-Mallet, North Curry and Curry-Rivell are all found in Somerset. It is thought that North Curry is the oldest as "this place appears to have been known to the Romans, an urn containing a quantity of silver coins of that people having been discovered in 1748: it was subsequently held by the Saxon kings, and retained in demesne by the Conqueror." [3]

Later records show Robert atte Curie in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [2]

Early History of the McCurrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCurrie research. Another 544 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1179, 1291, 1271, 1274, 1296, 1379, 1398, 1449, 1526, 1547, 1243, 1260, 1291, 1330, 1339, 1362, 1342, 1364, 1400, 1511, 1506, 1549, 1693, 1528, 1570, 1799, 1875, 1799, 1817, 1820, 1840, 1780, 1641, 1652, 1689, 1691, 1641 and are included under the topic Early McCurrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCurrie Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. McCurrie has been spelled Currie, Curry, Currey and others.

Early Notables of the McCurrie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Frederick Currie (1799-1875), Indian official, third son of Mark Currie of Cobham, Surrey, by Elizabeth, daughter of John Close of Easby, Yorkshire, was born on 3 Feb. 1799. He was educated at Charterhouse and the East India Company's College...
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Ireland Migration of the McCurrie family to Ireland

Some of the McCurrie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 202 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McCurrie migration to the United States +

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

McCurrie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alexander McCurrie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCurrie (post 1700) +

  • Mel McCurrie, American Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Perceptive Automata
  • Tom McCurrie, American writer and actor, known for The Smuggler, Killer Story (2004) and Ebony Kat (1998)
  • Paul McCurrie (1929-2010), American lawyer and politician born in Kearny, New Jersey, he served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1962 to 1964
  • Caitlin McCurrie, Australian researcher at the University of Melbourne
  • Steve McCurrie (b. 1973), English rugby league player, son of Alan
  • Alan McCurrie (b. 1953), English rugby league player who played over 236 matches in the 1970s and 1980s


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)


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