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Where did the English Cortes family come from? What is the English Cortes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cortes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cortes family history?Cortes is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Cortes is a name that comes from refined or educated person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word curteis, which means refined or accomplished. 
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cortes family name include Curtis, Curtiss, Curtyss, Curtys, Curtess, Curtes, Cortes, Cortis and many more.
First found in Warwickshire but the name was scattered throughout Britain since early times. By example, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: William le Curteis in Cambridgeshire; Walter Curteys in Oxfordshire; Osbert le Curteys in Essex; Henry Corteys in Devon; and Richard le Corteys in Oxfordshire.  Over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Adam Curtase and Johannes Cartas. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cortes research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1130 and 1168 are included under the topic Early Cortes History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Cortes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cortes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Cortes family to immigrate North America:
Cortes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Cortes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Cortes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Cortes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cortes 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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