Currie (surname)

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For other uses, see Currie.
Gender Unisex
Language(s) English
Language(s) 1-3. Scottish English
4. Scottish Gaelic
5. English
6. Old French
Word/Name 1. Currie, Midlothian
2. Corrie, Dumfriesshire
3. Curry
4. MacMhuirich
5. Curry, Somerset
6. curie
Other names
See also Curry
Currie/Corrie family, Currie baronets

Currie is a surname in the English language. The name has numerous origins.


In some cases it originated as an habitational name, derived from Currie in Midlothian, Scotland. In other cases it originated as a habitational name, derived from Corrie, in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. A third origin for the surname is that it originated as a Scottish spelling of the Irish surname Curry, a surname which has several origins.[1] A fourth origin of the surname, particularly on Arran, is as an Anglicised form of the Scottish Gaelic MacMhuirich.[1][2] The Hebridean MacMhuirich evolved in such a way that the forms McVurich and McCurrie first appeared in the 17th century, and by the 18th century Currie is found on Islay, and on Uist by the 19th century.[3] Another origin of the surname is from Curry, in Somerset, England. In some cases the name may also be derived from the Old French curie, which means "kitchen".[4]

Early forms of the surname include: æt Curi, in about 1075; and de Cury, in 1212. Both forms are derived from the place name in Somerset. Other early forms include: atte Curie, in SRS 1327; and atte Corye. Early forms of the surname, derived from a Scottish place name, is de Curry, in 1179;[4] and de Curri, in 1210. An early form of the surname, when derived from MacMhuirich is M'Currie and Currie, in the early 18th century.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Learn about the family history of your surname,, retrieved 22 December 2010 , which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 , for the surname "Currie", "Curry".
  2. ^ Black, George Fraser (1946), The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, New York: New York Public Library, p. 569 
  3. ^ Grimble, Ian (1977), Scottish Clans and Tartans, London: Hamlyn, pp. 61–62, ISBN 0-600-31935-0 
  4. ^ a b Reaney, Percy Hilde (1995), Wilson, Richard Middlewood, ed., A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 121, ISBN 0-19-863146-4 .
  5. ^ Black, George Fraser (1946), The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, New York: New York Public Library, pp. 193–194