The surname Corter was first found in the several places named "Corte," in Italy. The Italian word corte means "court," as in a manorial court. The surname can be traced back to the year 1123, when members of the Corte family lived in Salerno.
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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Corter include Corte, Corti, Da Corte, Dalla Corte, Della Corte, La Corte, Cortella, Cortello, Cortelli, Cortelletti, Cortellino, Cortellini, Corticelli, Cortini, Cortese, Cortesi, Corteggiano, Cortigiani, Cortesano and many more.
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Tolomeo dei Cortesi, who was from one of the most ancient families in Cremona. He was a lawyer and in 1308 was elected mayor of Perugia. Paolo Cortesi of Rome was a famous author around 1470; Gregorio Cortese was an ecclesiastic in Modena around 1480; Alberto Cortese, born in Modena in the 15th century, was... Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Corter arrived in North America very early: Agata Lacorte, aged 26, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Castronovo, Sicily
, in 1914; Antonino LaCorte, aged 57, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Palermo, Sicily, Italy, in 1919.