The Irish already had a system for creating hereditary surnames
established when the followers of Strongbow
settled in eastern Ireland
. Although there was relatively little friction between the two systems because they operated according to very similar principles, the Strongbownians frequently used local
surnames. In Ireland
, local surnames were almost unheard of, but in England
they were probably the most common form of hereditary surname. Local
surnames, such as Cockurcie, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Cockurcie is derived from in the settlement of Coursi in Normandy
. The surname Cockurcie belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Gaelic form of the surname Cockurcie is de Cúrsa.
Early Origins of the Cockurcie family
The surname Cockurcie was first found in County Cork
(Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, in Ireland
, where this noble family claim descent from Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne
, King of France, who died in 814. Descended was Balderic Teutonicus, Earl of Brion in Normandy
, who had six sons. The third son was Robert de Courcy, Lord of Courcy in Normandy
. His son, Richard, was at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. and was granted Stoke-Courcy in Somerset
, and other lands. His son John De Courcy, Baron
of Stoke Courcy, was created Earl of Ulster
by King Henry II for his assistance in conquering the province of Ulster
, but Sir John was deprived of his Earldom by King John, who confined him to the Tower of London for one year and granted Ulster
to Hugh de Lacie. His son Miles De Courcy, would move to Ireland
where he was made the 1st Baron
of Kingsale, County Cork.
Early History of the Cockurcie family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cockurcie research.Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1181, 1172, 1182, 1210, 1098, 1160, 1219, 1176, 1664 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Cockurcie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cockurcie Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations
of even a single name. Early versions of the name Cockurcie included: Courcy, Courcey, Courcie, Curcy, Cursie, Curcie and many more.
Early Notables of the Cockurcie family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family up to this time was Sir Richard de Courcy (died 1098) ; John de Courcy (1160-1219), an Anglo-Norman knight who arrived in Ireland
in 1176... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cockurcie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cockurcie family to the New World and Oceana
went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant
farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Cockurcie: Henry DeCourcy, on record in Maryland in 1634. Others include: William de Courcy, a Jacobite
was sent to Maryland in 1763; James Courcey, an enforced emigrant from Ireland
to America in 1739.
The Cockurcie Motto
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: Vincit omnia veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers all things.