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The name Cort is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived at the court, a phrase which may have indicated either a large mansion or a tribunal. The prefix A was often dropped by the 13th century, when many branches of the family became known as Court. Some historians have suggested that certain variations of the name may be nicknames derived from the Old French and Old English word curt, meaning short or truncated. However, time has confused the different derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate to a given family or situation.

Cort Early Origins



The surname Cort was first found in "Covert or Couert, Normandy, [who] held by the service of 1 fee of the barony or Braiose [Briouze]." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
William de Braose (Briouze), First Lord of Bramber (died c. 1096) was granted extensive lands in Sussex by William the Conqueror. Accordingly, the Cort family held lands from him in Sussex. In 1107, William de Cuvert witnessed the foundation charter of Barnstaple and years later William Guvert (Cuvert) held a fee of ancient enfeoffment from William de Courcy in Somerset. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

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Cort Spelling Variations


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Cort Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Cort has been spelled many different ways, including A'Court, Court, Courte, Couert, Covert, Courtie, Courts and many more.

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Cort Early History


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Cort Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cort research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cort Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cort Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cort Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cort In Ireland


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Cort In Ireland



Some of the Cort family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Corts to arrive in North America:

Cort Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Cort, who landed in Virginia in 1662
  • Thomas Cort, who landed in Virginia in 1665-1666
  • Arthur Cort, who arrived in Virginia in 1665

Cort Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Cort, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1858
  • Vicente Cort, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1858

Cort Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Della Cort, who arrived in Arkansas in 1904

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cort (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cort (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Hugh Cort (1897-1974), American Chief of Staff 24th Division (1944)
  • Bud Cort (b. 1948), born Walter Edward Cox, an American film and stage actor, writer, and director
  • Leon Terrance Anthony Cort (b. 1979), English professional footballer
  • Henry Cort (1740-1800), English ironmaster
  • Barry Lee Cort (b. 1956), retired Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers

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Cort Historic Events


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Cort Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Herbert Roy Cort, British Plumber 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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: Grandescunt aucta labore
Motto Translation: What is increased by Labour grows greater.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Cort Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cort 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.

This page was last modified on 16 September 2015 at 11:00.

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