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Currier Family Crest / Currier Coat of Arms

Currier Family Crest / Currier Coat of Arms

The surname of CURRIER was an occupational name 'a worker in leather'. Early records of the name mention Adam le Corur, documented during the reign of Edward I (1272-1307). Simon Currour of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard Summerell and Alice Currier were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1656. John Bonar married Christian Currier of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh in the year 1746. Many modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identity individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. The name has many variant spellings which include Currer, Curryer and Curier. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.


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