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About the study
My interest in my ancestors began as a teenager. My Currall grandparents died in the 1940s when my dad was a boy. Fortunately, my father had older brothers and sisters who were happy to share family reminiscences with me. I still have some scrappy notes that I made at the time, but how I wish I’d recorded them in more detail. In 1983, I discovered Family History Societies and Record Offices; since then I’ve continued researching my own family history and also keeping details of all occurrences of the Currall surname.
The One Name Study for the surname CURRALL, which is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies, started in April 2017. I feel it is an exciting way to develop my surname interest and link with other Curralls internationally.
Historical occurrences of the name
John Currall, buried in Stretton on Dunsmore, Warwickshire in 1709.
Shakespeare's Sonnet 130
My Mistres eyes are nothing like the Sunne,
Currall is farre more red, then her lips red,
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun:
If haires be wiers, black wiers grow on her head:
I haue seene Roses damaskt, red and white,
But no such Roses see I in her cheekes,
And in some perfumes is there more delight,
Then in the breath that from my Mistres reekes.
I loue to heare her speake, yet well I know,
That Musicke hath a farre more pleasing sound:
I graunt I neuer saw a goddesse goe,
My Mistres when shee walkes treads on the ground,
And yet by heauen I thinke my loue as rare,
As any she beli’d with false compare.
This is not an historical reference to the Currall surname but it gives a clue about Warwickshire pronunciation in 1609! Here, CURRALL means coral.
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- UK 5.1 FPM
- Canada 2.52 FPM
- United States 0.42 FPM
- France 0.05 FPM