Courthope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Courthope family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Courthope comes from when the family lived in the village of Courthope in the county of Sussex.
Early Origins of the Courthope family
The surname Courthope was first found in Sussex, where "from the reign of King Edward I., this family has been settled at Wadhurst, Lamberhurst, Ticehurst, and the adjoining parishes on the borders of Sussex and Kent." 
Continuing, the "first [record of the name] occurs in a Subsidy Roll at Wadhurst, co. Sussex, in exactly it's present form [Courthope], temp. Edward I." 
Early History of the Courthope family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courthope research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1592, 1628, 1632, 1681, 1616, 1685, 1656, 1620, 1609 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Courthope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Courthope Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Courthope has appeared include Courthope, Curtehope, Courtopp, Courthop and many more.
Early Notables of the Courthope family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William de Curtehope, a prominent landholder in 13th century Sussex; and Sir George Courthorpe (1616-1685), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Sussex (1656.)
Nathaniel Courthopp (d. 1620), was an English sea-captain in the service of the East India Company who enlisted in the company's service in November 1609, and left England in the Darling, one of Sir H. Middleton's fleet. With his commander and others he...
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Migration of the Courthope family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Courthope arrived in North America very early: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
Contemporary Notables of the name Courthope (post 1700) +
- William Courthope (1842-1917), English writer and historian of poetry
- William John Courthope (1842-1917), English poet/critic
- George Lloyd Courthope, 1st Baron Courthope
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- ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.