O'Curry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name O'Curry has changed considerably in the time that has passed since its genesis. It originally appeared in Gaelic as O Corraidh or O Corra.
Early Origins of the O'Curry family
The surname O'Curry was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the O'Curry family
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O'Curry Spelling Variations
The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as Corey, Cory, Coriell and others.
Early Notables of the O'Curry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Curry family
The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name O'Curry: Giles Corey who settled in Salem Mass in 1630; Caleb Corey, who settled in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1823; Daniel Corey, who arrived in Sandusky Ohio in 1820.