Native Irish surnames such as O'Curran have a long, ancient Gaelic history behind them. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Curran is O Corrain or the older form O Currain.
Early Origins of the O'Curran family
The surname O'Curran was first found in County Waterford
(Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland
in the Province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the O'Curran family
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O'Curran Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland
was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations
of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name O'Curran revealed many variations, including Curran, Currans, O'Curren, Curren, Corren, Corrane, O'Curran, Currens, Currin, Corraine, Courrane, Courran, Courren and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Curran family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Curran family to the New World and Oceana
The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families
to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine
of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name O'Curran: David Curran who settled in Maryland in 1699; Andrew, Bernard, Daniel, David, Edward, Elizabeth, George, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Richard, Thomas and William Curran all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1820 and 1872.