Courthorp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the bearers of the Courthorp family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the village of Courthope in the county of Sussex.
Early Origins of the Courthorp family
The surname Courthorp 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 Courthorp family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courthorp 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 Courthorp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Courthorp Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Courthorp include Courthope, Curtehope, Courtopp, Courthop and many more.
Early Notables of the Courthorp 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 Courthorp family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Courthorp or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.