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The history of the name Courier dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a messenger or person who dresses tanned leather. In the former case, the surname Courier is derived from the Old French words corŽor or courreour, which mean courier. In the latter case, the surname is derived from the Old French word couraieur, which in turn comes from the Old French word conreeur, which means currier.

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The surname Courier was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Kildwick from ancient times. .

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Courier has undergone many spelling variations, including Currer, Curror, Currier, Curryer, Conreor, Couraour, Curur, Curreour, Currour, Curryar, Corour and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courier research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1256, 1293, 1314, 1375, 1379, 1400, 1430, 1546, 1656, 1661, and 1740 are included under the topic Early Courier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Courier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Courier were among those contributors:

Courier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Courier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Courier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Mathieu Courier, who arrived in Canada in 1653

Courier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Courier, who arrived in Canada in 1828
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  • Paul Louis Courier (1772-1825), French writer
  • Jim Courier (b. 1991), tennis player
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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: Merite
Motto Translation: Merit

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    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    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. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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    The Courier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Courier 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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