Last name: Curry

This unusual and interesting Anglo-Scottish surname has three possible origins. The first of these is English and a locational name from any one of the places in the counties of Cornwall but mainly Somerset such as Curry Mallet or Curry Revel, which are named from the river Curry, on which they stand. The etymology of the river name is obscure, but it may be from the pre 7th century Olde English word "cweorn," meaning a mill or mills. The other possible origins are both Scottish and also locational. The first is from the place called Currie in the former county of Midlothian, and recorded in this form in 1230. This is thought to be derived from the Gaelic word 'curraigh', meaning a wet plain or marsh, or secondly from the place called Corrie, in the former County of Dumfrieshire. This is named from the ancient Gaelic word 'coire', meaning a cauldron, but used in a transferred sense to describe a circular hanging valley by a mountain. The first recording of the name in Scotland is that of Philip de Curry of the town of Melrose in 1279, whilst in England an example is that of John Goddard and Margaret Curry who were married at St. George's chapel, Hanover Square, Westminster, in the year 1742. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de Cury. This was dated 1212, in the tax registers known as the Fees Court, for Somerset, during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Brian Curry
My name, (if not shown), is Brian Curry. My family comes from the city of Durham located in the county of Durham, England. Durham is a coastal town located in the north of England along the eastern coast. I have genealogical records of this. It was my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Curry who came here.
I hope this helps someone who is looking for ancestors. There are still Curry's who live in Durham.


Gavin Curry
Curry is an irish name,mainly around south Tipperary,and County Clare

I am researching the Curry family from Suffolk, England.

Sean Curry
They keep telling me that my surname has Irish origins but I don't feel Irish

The Curry surname was changed from the Gaelic O Comhraidhe ( When the Irish & Scottish Gadhlaig languages were made illegal in the mid 1800's) and is very uncommon, except for my hometown in Ireland, where there are several families with that name. The arms I prefer to go with for the Gaelic septs is the red shield with the saltire ( an x ) with the rose at the top end.

Thanks for the Info! I am currently embarking on a genealogy mission. My grandmother's surname was "Curry". Although her surname changed when she married my grandfather, all the women in our family take enormous pride in the Curry surname. So much so that now the men in our family have taken an interest as well. So far, it appears our Curry ancestors come from Northern Ireland. That is somewhat tentative, still confirming. THANKS AGAIN, Jake, for the info!

hey name is jerlisha curry ineed to know all my family curry i am 16 year old and my father dead last mouth his name is jim curry

hey my name is jerlisha curry i am look for all crry family i need know my family here my number 9042260955 i live in plam cost fl

Alli Curry
This is my husband's last name.

Can you update a german origin for curry and cornwell

James Curry
My name is James Curry, my passport is Sheamus O Comhraidhe, so as far as I'm concerned you are correct, but there was another sept in the North of Ireland and the name is common in some parts. The Scotish Currie maybe came from an old scotish clan name McVurrach, which were wiped out by the English and their names were wiped from history, cant remember where that story came from.