Origin of the Name Curley
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
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 Curley
include Curlee, Kerley, Turley and Terry. Curlee and Curley are the usual modern forms of this surname. Disregarding the Dublin City area in which names from all the Provinces are of course found, this name is almost entirely confined to Connacht and particularly to the Counties of Galway and Roscommon. Though it has an Anglo sound Curley is a genuine Gaelic Irish name, from the MacThoirdealbhaigh Sept.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The towns of Ballymacurley and Curleys Island are both located in County Roscommon where the name is still very well represented to this very day.
The Curley 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 Curley descendants.