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The ancestors of the Courtney family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Devon. The name, however, is a reference one of two areas bearing the name Courtenay in Normandy. The names of both of these areas derive from the Gallo-Roman landlord, Curtenus.

Courtney Early Origins



The surname Courtney was first found in the Gātinais province of France, where they held the castle of Courtenay since the 10th century. They claim descent from the Counts of Sens and from Pharamond, reputed founder of the French monarchy in 420. However, historians have only been able to prove the line back to about the year 1020, in the Isles of France where they were descended from the great Emperor Charlemagne. The name was established by this trace only to the year 790. Regardless of the earliest origin, in the mid-12th century, a branch of the family settled in England, where they obtained the barony of Okehampton and inherited the title of Earls of Devon in 1293. "This illustrious house is descended from Reginald de Courtney, who came over to England with Henry II AD 1151." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Another source notes that Whitchurch in Devon was home to the family. "Walreddon House, here, the property of William Courtenay, Esq., a descendant of the Courtenays, earls of Devon, is an ancient mansion of the time of Edward VI., whose arms in the hall are still in good preservation." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Wooton-Courtney in Somerset was another ancient family seat. "This parish takes the adjunct to its name from the Courtney family, who formerly held the manor." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Courtney Spelling Variations


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Courtney Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Courtenay, Courtney, Courtnay, Courteney, Courtny and many more.

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Courtney Early History


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Courtney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courtney research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1125, 1194, 1303, 1377, 1346, 1405, 1377, 1399, 1367, 1378, 1355, 1406, 1556, 1527, 1556, 1415, 1377, 1413, 1413, 1411, 1415, 1415 and are included under the topic Early Courtney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Courtney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Courtney Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Renaud de Courtenay (1125-1194), English nobleman from Sutton, Berkshire, progenitor of the Devon line; Sir Hugh de Courtenay (1303-1377), the 2nd Earl of Devon; and Sir Peter Courtenay (1346-1405), soldier, knight of the shire, Chamberlain to King Richard II (1377-1399), famous jouster, received...

Another 290 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Courtney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Courtney In Ireland


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Courtney In Ireland



Some of the Courtney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Courtney or a variant listed above:

Courtney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James, Sybill and Jo Courtney settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Courtney, aged 32, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Sybil Courtney, aged 33, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • James Courtney, who landed in Maryland in 1638
  • George Courtney, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Courtney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paul Courtney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Lawrence Courtney, who landed in New York in 1795

Courtney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Courtney, aged 24, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Richard Courtney, aged 25, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Thomas Courtney, who arrived in America in 1808
  • Henry Courtney, who landed in America in 1809
  • Peter Courtney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Courtney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Courtney, who arrived in Halifax or New York in 1811
  • Mr. Denis Courtney, aged 40 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)
  • Mrs. Nanny Courtney, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wakefield" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)

Courtney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Abbey Courtney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • John Courtney, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Patrick Courtney, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Catherine Courtney, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Dennis Courtney, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Courtney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Courtney, aged 22, a painter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • John Courtney, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Eugene Courtney, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Thomas Courtney, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Julia Courtney, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Courtney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Courtney (post 1700)



  • Henry Alexius Courtney Jr. (1916-1945), American officer of the United States Marine Corps Reserve during World War II, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of the USS Courtney (DE-1021)
  • Charles Courtney (b. 1940), American professional PGA golfer
  • Deborah L. Courtney, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2008
  • David H. Courtney, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Monongalia County, 1911-12
  • David Courtney, American politician, Candidate for Texas State Senate 17th District, 2012
  • Chester Courtney, American Republican politician, Chair of Chicot County Republican Party, 2003
  • Charles Tyrone Courtney (b. 1952), American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1991-2000
  • Charles Courtney, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stratford, 1908
  • Brad Courtney, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 2004, 2008
  • Edmund Walsh Courtney (1878-1955), American Republican politician, First Selectman of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, 1927; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Rocky Hill; Defeated, 1934; Elected 1948
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quod verum tutum
Motto Translation: What is true is safe.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 22)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

The Courtney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Courtney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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