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Where did the English Cortney family come from? What is the English Cortney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cortney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cortney family history?Cortney is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cortney family lived in Devon. The name, however, is a reference one of two areas bearing the name Courtenay in Normandy. The names of both of these areas derive from the Gallo-Roman landlord, Curtenus.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Cortney are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cortney include Courtenay, Courtney, Courtnay, Courteney, Courtny and many more.
First found in the Gātinais province of France, where they held the castle of Courtenay since the 10th century. They claim descent from the Counts of Sens and from Pharamond, reputed founder of the French monarchy in 420. However, historians have only been able to prove the line back to about the year 1020, in the Isles of France where they were descended from the great Emperor Charlemagne. The name was established by this trace only to the year 790. Regardless of the earliest origin, in the mid-12th century, a branch of the family settled in England, where thay obtained the barony of Okehampton and inherited the title of Earls of Devon in 1293.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cortney research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1125, 1194, 1303, and 1377 are included under the topic Early Cortney History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cortney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cortney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 128 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Cortney, or a variant listed above:
Cortney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Quod verum tutum
Motto Translation: What is true is safe.
The Cortney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cortney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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