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Early Origins of the Coursey family

The surname Coursey was first found in île-de-France, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Paris and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. They branched north to Normandy in the arrondisement of Falaise at Coulliboeuf.

Nicolas Courcy, son of Nicolas and Marie-Anne-Helene, travelled from Normandy to Canada in the 17th century. After settling in Quebec he married Louise-Geneviève Dube on 11th November 1749. [1]

Early History of the Coursey family

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Coursey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Courcey, Courcy, Courciey, Courcei, Courcys, Courcie, Courci, Courrcey, Corcey, Coursy, de Courci, de Courcy, Curcy and many more.

Early Notables of the Coursey family

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Coursey Ranking

In the United States, the name Coursey is the 11,252nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Coursey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Coursey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Coursey, who landed in Maryland in 1653 [3]
  • Katherine Coursey, who landed in Maryland in 1653 [3]
  • Mary Coursey, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [3]
  • James Coursey, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [3]
  • Jane Coursey, who arrived in Maryland in 1666 [3]

Australia Coursey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Coursey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Neirsonde Coursey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Coursey (post 1700) +

  • Nancy Ann Coursey (b. 1976), birth name of Paige Summers, an American adult model
  • Court Coursey (b. 1972), American Managing Partner of TomorrowVentures
  • Will R. Coursey (b. 1978), American politician, Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives (2009-)
  • James H. De Coursey Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, 1969-71 [5]

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Willis Larry Coursey (1948-1988), American Military from San Antonio, Texas, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [6]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. John P. Coursey, American First Lieutenant working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [7]

The Coursey Motto +

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: Vincit omnia veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers all things.

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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  3. 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)
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The POSTHUMOUS 1849. Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from
  6. Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  7. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook