Courtain is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from a family once having lived in the township of Cuerden, which is in the parish of Leyland in the county of Lancashire
. The surname Courtain belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Courtain family
The surname Courtain was first found in Lancashire
in the village and civil parish of Cuerden in the Borough of Chorley. The village has remained small over the years as a recent census showed only 77 people living there. The place name derives its name from the Welsh
word cerdin. Roger the Poitevin (Roger de Poitou), born in Normandy
originally held the lands shortly after the Conquest. Cuerden Hall is a country mansion built around 1717 on a site of a previous manor home.
Early History of the Courtain family
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Courtain Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Courtain has been recorded under many different variations, including Cuerden, Cuerton and others.
Early Notables of the Courtain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Courtain family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Courtain or a variant listed above: Richard and Margaret Cureton, and their two children who arrived in Philadelphia in 1685; and John Cuerton who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1880.