Recorded as Cory, Corrie, Coor, Coris, Corris and possibly others, this is a Gaelic surname of Scottish origins, and also recorded in Ireland as Corry. It is locational from any or all of the places in Arran, Dumfriess and other areas named "Corried". The place name derives from the word "coire", meaning a cauldron, and used here in the transferred sense of a circular valley. The first recordings are 13th century and include Radulph de Corry, who witnessed a charter by Henry de Grahame at Morton in the year 1220, and Walter de Corri, cousin and an heir of Helewisa de Levynton, who rendered homage to King Edward 1st of England, in 1274 for his portion of her lands. Thomas Corry of Keldwood, a follower of the Earl of Cassilis, was acquitted of murder in 1526, whilst James Curyce was recorded at St Giles Cripplegate, London, On January 21st 1574. Later recordings include James Corris who married Isabella Holmes at the church of St Clement Danes, London, on June 22nd 1794 and Daniel Corrie (1777 - 1837), the bishop of Madras in 1835. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de Corried, which was dated circa 1194 in the "Records of Holm", Cultram, during the reign of King William, known as "The Lion of Scotland", 1165 - 1214. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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