This surname comes from Ireland. Its form derives from the Irish language Mac Cruitín or O'Cruitin, anglicised as Curtin.
It is believed there were two families of Curtins originally, one in Co. Clare and another in Co. Cork. The first having a Dalcassian origin, and located in Corco Modhruadh (Corcomroe), were a distinguished learned family, serving as hereditary historians to the O’Briens of Thomond and other notable local families. Members of this family, such as Aodh Buí Mac Cruitín, continued to be Irish language scholars and poets down to the 19th century. The second family is referenced in a medieval Irish text called Críchad an Chaoilli as Meic Coirtein o Baile Meig Coirtein & do mhuinntir Rathan iat sein (Trans: the Mac Curtains of Ballymaccurtain, of the Rahan people these are). They were hereditary proprietors in Fir Maige Féne (the barony of Fermoy), Co. Cork, with their seat at Rahan, a townland and Civil Parish near Mallow.
Curtin may refer to a University:
- Curtin University, named after John Curtin
Curtin may refer to several people:
- Andrew Gregg Curtin, former Governor of Pennsylvania
- Brian Curtin, Irish judge
- Charles Curtin (1890–1967), English footballer
- Clyde A. Curtin, Korean War flying ace
- Dan Curtin, Australian politician
- Hoyt Curtin, composer and music producer
- Jane Curtin, American comedian and actress
- Jeremiah Curtin, American folklorist and translator
- Jim Curtin, American soccer player
- John Curtin, Former Prime Minister of Australia
- Kevin Curtin, New Zealand footballer
- Matt Curtin, computer scientist
- Phyllis Curtin, American soprano
- Pike Curtin (1907–1997), Australian cricketer and economist
- Valerie Curtin, American actress and writer
- Willard S. Curtin, US Congressman from Pennsylvania
Curtin may also refer to several places:
- Curtin, Australian Capital Territory, a suburb of Canberra
- Curtin, Oregon
- Curtin Township, Pennsylvania
- Curtin, West Virginia (disambiguation)
- RAAF Base Curtin, Derby, Western Australia
Curtin may also refer to several other topics:
- the Division of Curtin, an Australian House of Representatives electorate
- Curtin (2007 film), a made-for-TV movie
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