The name Courage comes from a name for a brave or stout-hearted person. The surname Courage was sometimes derived from the Old English word corage,
which in turn comes from the Old French words corage
which mean stout.
The surname Courage 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.
Early Origins of the Courage family
The surname Courage was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Courage family
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Courage Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Courage include Courage, Courridge, Curage, Courugge, Courays, Curage, Corage and many more.
Early Notables of the Courage family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Courage family to Ireland
Some of the Courage family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Courage family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Courage or a variant listed above:
Courage Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hilaire Courage, who settled in America in 1847
- D. Courage, who arrived in America in 1847
Contemporary Notables of the name Courage (post 1700)
- Alexander Mair Courage Jr. (1919-2008), American orchestrator, arranger, and composer of music probably best known for writing the theme music for Star Trek: The Original Series
- Edward Raymond Courage, Director of the National Westminster Bank