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The name Court is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived at the court, a phrase which may have indicated either a large mansion or a tribunal. The prefix A was often dropped by the 13th century, when many branches of the family became known as Court. Some historians have suggested that certain variations of the name may be nicknames derived from the Old French and Old English word curt, meaning short or truncated. However, time has confused the different derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate to a given family or situation.

Court Early Origins



The surname Court was first found in "Covert or Couert, Normandy, [who] held by the service of 1 fee of the barony or Braiose [Briouze]." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
William de Braose (Briouze), First Lord of Bramber (died c. 1096) was granted extensive lands in Sussex by William the Conqueror. Accordingly, the Court family held lands from him in Sussex. In 1107, William de Cuvert witnessed the foundation charter of Barnstaple and years later William Guvert (Cuvert) held a fee of ancient enfeoffment from William de Courcy in Somerset. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Court Spelling Variations


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Court Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Court are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Court include: A'Court, Court, Courte, Couert, Covert, Courtie, Courts and many more.

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Court Early History


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Court Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Court research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Court History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Court Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Court Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Court In Ireland


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Court In Ireland



Some of the Court 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Court or a variant listed above:

Court Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Court, who landed in Maryland in 1635
  • Richard Court, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Court who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Govert Court, who arrived in America in 1647
  • William Court, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Court Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francois Court, aged 30, landed in Louisiana in 1719

Court Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry C Court, who arrived in New York in 1841

Court Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Court, who arrived in Quebec in 1665

Court Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Court was an accountant in Montreal in 1851

Court Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Court, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Alfred Court arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anglia" in 1851
  • James Court, aged 29, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • John Court, aged 22, a tinsmith, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

Court Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Court, aged 25, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Sarah Ann Court, aged 20, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • W. P. Court arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864
  • Alexander Court, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Henry Court, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Court (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Court (post 1700)



  • Professor Seymour Court, English Director of Child Studies in England
  • David John Court (b. 1944), English former footballer, now turned coach
  • Yoann Court (b. 1990), French footballer
  • Tom Court (b. 1980), Australian rugby union footballer
  • Richard Fairfax Court AC (b. 1947), Western Australian politician, 26th Premier of Western Australia (1993-2001)
  • Sir Charles Walter Michael Court AK, KCMG, OBE (1911-2007), English-born, Australian politician, Premier of Western Australia (1974-1982)
  • Margaret Smith Court AO, MBE (b. 1942), Australian retired World No. 1 professional tennis player
  • Queens County Court, 1943-61; Justice of New York Supreme Court 11th District, 1961-76

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Court Historic Events


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Court Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Emily Florence Court (1881-1914), English Second Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Thompson Court (1891-1914), Scottish Timber Packer from Old Luce, Wigtownshire, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William R Court (b. 1918), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Manchester, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Horace L Court, British Painter 3rd Class from Bradford, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Stanely A Court, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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: Grandescunt aucta labore
Motto Translation: What is increased by Labour grows greater.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Court Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Court 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.

This page was last modified on 26 April 2016 at 04:03.

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