The name Courays is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Courays was a name used for a brave or stout-hearted person. The surname Courays was sometimes derived from the Old English word corage,
which in turn comes from the Old French words corage
which mean stout.
The surname Courays 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 Courays family
The surname Courays was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Courays family
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Courays Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Courays include Courage, Courridge, Curage, Courugge, Courays, Curage, Corage and many more.
Early Notables of the Courays family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Courays family to Ireland
Some of the Courays 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 Courays family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Courays were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: James Corish, who settled in New York in 1792; John Corish, who arrived in New York in 1841; Elizabeth Corish, who settled in Quebec in 1847; Hilaire Courage, who settled in America in 1847.