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This is an Irish surname of great antiquity. It derives from the pre 12th century Gaelic name "MacCuirtin", which like the majority of Irish surnames was originally a nickname for the first chief of the clan. The word "cuirtin" translates as hunchback, and therefore it is reasonable to assume that this was a physical description, but not necessarily so. The surname is now recorded in several spellings including: MacCurtin, McCurtin, Curtin, Curtain, and Curtayne, and possibly Cartin, Cartan, and Carton.

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