Courthorpe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Courthorpe name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Courthope in the county of Sussex.

Early Origins of the Courthorpe family

The surname Courthorpe 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." [1]

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." [2]

Early History of the Courthorpe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courthorpe 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 Courthorpe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Courthorpe Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Courthorpe were recorded, including Courthope, Curtehope, Courtopp, Courthop and many more.

Early Notables of the Courthorpe 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...
Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Courthorpe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Courthorpe family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Courthorpe family emigrate to North America: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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