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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Alli Curry
This is my husband's last name.

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

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

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

I am researching the Curry family from Suffolk, England.

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

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.


David Curry

I had understood that the Irish form of the name Curry tends to be spelled "Currey" and Scots "Currie". My family are from Northumberland/Durham and family folklaw suggests that we were sheep-stealers. An old word for dog is Curr and the Currys supposedly used dogs in their sheep-stealing activities. In the border areas, the Turnbulls stole cattle (crossing from Scotland into England) and the Currys went the other way to steal sheep. Who knows for sure but another explanation.

Marquia Curry

I'm an African American girl so naturally my ancestors took the name of the master more than my knowledge there is no record of anyone who came from across seas with the last name Curry. I'd really love to know who I am. And where my family came from

David curry
My family originally came from North Curry in Somerset

Tammie Waters Walden
Searching my Curry roots. My grandmother was a Curry. Looking for any information I can get. I live in the U.S. Just started doing my family tree and finding a lot of my Curry family. I feel I have Irish/Scottish roots. Hopefully I will find out soon.

Richard Curry
Hi my family come from the town of Antrim in Northern Ireland . I have done some research so if this helps:IN 1901 FATHER ALEXANDER CURRY BORN APROX 1852 . MOTHER ELIZABETH CURRY BORN APROX 1853 CHILDREN - GEORGE JACKSON CURRY 1879,ALEXANDER 1880 ( left for South Africa 1902 aprox) JEANIE 1882,DAVID ALLEN 1884,MATILDA 1889,ANNIE 1893 , HENRY 1896. Family of ' Boot makers ' or shoe makers . i have tried to go back a generation but no hard evidence as yet.Please get intouch if any of these come up in your trees .

Pauline Curry
I have done a lot of family history & our Curry line were in Norfolk from late eighteenth century working on the Houghton Hall estate before moving up to Yorkshire in the mid nineteenth century as part of the move from rural to urban migration for employment reasons. I thought the name might link to the use of a curry comb by horse tenders ie people working with the horses in centuries past.

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