Courting History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the name Courting date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the township of Cuerden, which is in the parish of Leyland in the county of Lancashire. The surname Courting belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The Kearton variant hails from the hamlet so named in the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire.  This place dates back to the 13th century when it was known as Karretan and possibly meant "farmstead of a man called Kaerir," a Viking personal name. 
Early Origins of the Courting family
The surname Courting 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 Courting family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courting research. Another 44 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1604, 1608, 1620, 1572, 1636, 1572, 1581, 1568, 1642, 1702, 1655 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Courting History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Courting Spelling Variations
Courting has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Courting have been found, including Cuerden, Cuerton and others.
Early Notables of the Courting family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Cuerden a prominent landholder in 17th century Lancashire. Sir William Courten or Curteene (1572-1636), was an English merchant, the son of William Courten, by his wife Margaret Casiere, and was born in London in 1572. A younger brother, born in 1581, was named Peter. Their father was son of a tailor of Menin and a protestant. After enduring much persecution at the hands of the Spaniards, he escaped to...
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Migration of the Courting family
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Courtings to arrive on North American shores: Richard and Margaret Cureton, and their two children who arrived in Philadelphia in 1685; and John Cuerton who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1880.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)