Origin of the Name Corry
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Corry
include Corey, Corrie and Curry. Meaning 'at the corrie', this a locational name from the lands of Corrie now included in the Parish of Hutton-Currie in Dumfriesshire. This name is usually of Scottish Gaelic descent spreading to Ireland , England and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Hugh de Corrie who witnessed a charter of a fishery in Torduf in the year 1194. A Radulph de Corry witnessed a charter by Henry de Grahame in the year 1200. A Philip de Curry granted the lands of Dalhengun and Bargower in Kyle to the Abbey of Melrose in the year 1179.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Corry is often found in County Tyrone where it is a variant of the names Corey and Corrie which in turn is derived from the native Gaelic MacGothriadh sept who were a branch of the ruling Maguires. This Gaelic name means 'son of Godfrey'.
The Corry coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Corry descendants.