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The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Courtois name is derived from refined or educated person. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old French word curteis, which means refined or accomplished. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Courtois Early Origins



The surname Courtois was first found in Warwickshire but the name was scattered throughout Britain since early times. By example, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: William le Curteis in Cambridgeshire; Walter Curteys in Oxfordshire; Osbert le Curteys in Essex; Henry Corteys in Devon; and Richard le Corteys in Oxfordshire. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Adam Curtase and Johannes Cartas. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Courtois Spelling Variations


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Courtois Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Curtis, Curtiss, Curtyss, Curtys, Curtess, Curtes, Cortes, Cortis and many more.

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Courtois Early History


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Courtois Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Courtois research. Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1130, 1168, 1531 and 1534 are included under the topic Early Courtois History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Courtois Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Courtois Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Courtois Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Courtois In Ireland


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Courtois In Ireland



Some of the Courtois family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Courtois Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Charles Courtois, who married Marguerite Berger in Quebec City in 1670

Courtois Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Denis Courtois, who married Barbe Arnault in Lévis, Quebec in 1700
  • Simon Courtois, who married Marie-Jeanne Villeneuve in Charlesbourg, Quebec in 1704
  • Charles Courtois, who married Marie-Louise Soupiran in Quebec City in 1727
  • Charles Courtois, who landed in Canada in 1727

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Contemporary Notables of the name Courtois (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Courtois (post 1700)



  • Ernest Courtois (b. 1862), French painter
  • Félix Courtois, French mathematics professor in the 19th century
  • Alphonse-Charles Courtois, French economist in the 19th century
  • Jean-Aimé Courtois (1811-1864), French historian
  • Alexandre-Nicolas Courtois (1758-1794), French writer
  • Jean-Louis Courtois (1712-1777), French Jesuit
  • Gustave-Claude-Étienne Courtois (1852-1923), French painter
  • Frédéric Courtois (1860-1928), French missionary
  • Hon. E Jacqus Courtois, partner in Stikeman, Elliott, and is chairman and director of UNAHL Ltd
  • Bernard Courtois (1777-1838), French chemist

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Courtois Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Courtois 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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