Meaning and Origin of: Curley

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish : reduced form of McCurley.
  • English (of Norman origin) : habitational name from any of several places in northern France named Corlay, for example in Côtes-du-Nord and Indre, or possibly from Corlieu, the former name of La Rue Saint Pierre in Oise. Reaney and Wilson suggest also it may have been a variant of the nickname Curlew, after the bird, Anglo-Norman French curleu.