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Where did the English Courugge family come from? What is the English Courugge family crest and coat of arms? When did the Courugge family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Courugge family history?

The name Courugge is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a brave or stout-hearted person. The surname Courugge was sometimes derived from the Old English word corage, which in turn comes from the Old French words corage and curage, which mean stout. The surname Courugge is also sometimes derived from residence in or near the settlement of Cowridge End in Luton, in the county of Bedfordshire. In this case, the name belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Courugge has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Courage, Courridge, Curage, Courugge, Courays, Curage, Corage and many more.

First found in Essex, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courugge research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1254, 1260, 1272, and 1309 are included under the topic Early Courugge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Courugge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Courugge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Courugges to arrive on North American shores: James Corish, who settled in New York in 1792; John Corish, who arrived in New York in 1841; Elizabeth Corish, who settled in Quebec in 1847; Hilaire Courage, who settled in America in 1847.


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The Courugge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Courugge 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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