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About the study
Variant spellings to the name CURD.
It is believed that CURDE may be a variant spelling.
CURDS (surname) DNA tested indicates a close match to other CURD branches and therefore is a variant.
You may find misspellings too.
Historical occurrences of the name
The 1800s in England, Wales and Scotland have thrown up a few grand folks but two or three stand out. Charles the surgeon of Bath who left a large sum in his Will. In 1777 in Buxted, Sussex, John planted the finest pine avenue in Europe. Charles from London who was a Professor of Music in Brighton (son of a taylor/Hussars Chelsea Pensioner), Richard a 'Gentleman' of London. And there were the Watermen and Papermakers, likely the same branch from Cambridge (not yet proved) and the Master Mariners from Rye. Curds were mostly were humble but proud skilled workers or trades people or in the service industry like Shoemakers, Papermakers, Policeman, Gardeners, Agricultural workers, Shipwrights, Engineers, Builders, Man Servants, Female Servants, or Midwives, Nurses. Oh, and a Cheese Monger!(curds and whey)
There are some people giving CURDs a bad name like the graffittist unknown 'John Curd 1844' inscribed on the ancient stones of Kit's Coty in Kent, England and the occasional one having a brush with the law and exiled 'beyond the seven seas'.
There are also myths and legends such as CURD having a Coat of Arms and John Curd fighting in John Cade's rebellion or being related to Sir Thomas Cheyne(of old). I hope you'll let me know of others or if they are true.
CURD surname isn't common and doesn't need to be famous to be noticed due to it's being rare in some areas. So numbers found aren't huge. The Southern sea board of England and east Scotland, historically and Virginia, Kentucky in the USA.
In the 1901 England Census there were 1011 CURD entries found on the online version and a similar amount in the USA 1900 census. This includes children.
Interestingly CURD is also found amongst the slave schedules in the States of America. One Susan Curd having taken the option to go Liberia when set free.
Distribution of the name
I am collecting YDNA results from sample tests offered by men with the surname CURD and variants at the www.familytreeDNA.com web site. I have tested 19 people. So far there are five Curd "Y" branches in the English origin family "U198" and one branch in the second largest family one of whom has an Irish father. Of the other project members which don't fit the origins some can be related by old records. Samples are tested for 37 markers. This is the minimum to find the branches.
The company who does the testing occasionally offers a reduced rate at the year end until 31 December as they do periodically throughout the year including the Who do you think you are? Family History Show in Birmingham, England. This year in early April.
Two distinct families, one in the South East of England and another the Virginia(Kentucky) Curd families are showing up. The indications are that the second group may have an Irish/Scottish origin. The 'English Curds are South East England Based and given the Haplo family reference of U198.
You are welcome to join the YDNA project if you are a male with surname CURD. A family group part of the Rose project are a similar match to Rye Curd branch and an exact match with surname Medhurst. Similar matches may be found in other branches and families as more men are tested.
I have recently added Maidstone and Tonbridge families to the database. I am still awaiting samples from Dartford, Derby and Durham origins and possibly Scotland and Sudbury Curds and occasional London families.
A branch of the main English group has SNP tested as U198+ family which would likely include most other branches. All but three members so far have tested as R1b haplogroup ie common European. The Virginian/Kentuckian Curds are showing not to be U198.