Origin of the Name Curtin
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 Curtin
include Curtain, Curtane and Curtan. MacCruttin is an earlier form of the name. The name Curtin is most associated with County Cork where it is undoubtedly more frequently found than in any other County. It is recorded however, as an ancient Thomond sept, whose territory was near Ennistymon in the barony of Corcomroe in County Clare. In the 'census' of 1659 MacCurtaine and O'Curtaine were recorded in Counties Kerry and Limerick. The best known bearer of the name in modern times was Hugh Buidhe MacCurtin (1680-1755), the 'Chief of the Sept', who was a lexicographer as well as a poet. In recent times the name is honoured in the person of Thomas MacCurtin (1885-1920), who was the patriotic Lord Mayor of Cork and who was a victim of the 'Black and Tan' terror in that city.
The Curtin 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 Curtin descendants.