Course History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Course family
The surname Course was first found in Languedoc.
Important Dates for the Course family
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Course Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Course is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lacourse, Lacour, Lacoursier, Cours, La Cours, De Cours, Course, Coursier, Courcier, Courcière, Coursière, La Courcière, La Coursière, Lacourciere, Lacourcière, Lacoursiere and many more.
Early Notables of the Course family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Maurice-Louis-Alexandre Coursier, a general. Born in Reims in 1879, he became a captain in 1911 and was in charge of heavy artillery during fighting in 1914. He was made a Colonel in 1930 and commander of the 107th regiment...
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Course migration to the United States
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Course has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Course were
Course Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Course, who landed in Virginia in 1644 
- Barren Course, who arrived in New York in 1664 
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)