Coursellis is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Coursellis family lived in Rouen, Normandy
. The name, however, derives from a number of places which derive their names from the Latin root, corticella,
which means court.
Early Origins of the Coursellis family
The surname Coursellis was first found in Normandy
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Coursellis family
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Coursellis Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Corselis, Corsellis, Curcelles, Curcellis and many more.
Early Notables of the Coursellis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coursellis family to Ireland
Some of the Coursellis family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 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 Coursellis family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Coursellis or a variant listed above: Frank Corsell, who came to Indiana in 1844.