The history of the Cursown family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Derbyshire
. The family originally lived in Notre Dame
de Curson in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from this location that their name derives.
Early Origins of the Cursown family
The surname Cursown was first found in Derbyshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Curzon. Geraldine (Giraline) arrived in England
with William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D., and attended him at Hastings. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Geraldine came from Notre Dame
de Curson in Calvados in Normandy
. By 1086, the taking of the Domesday Book
survey, his son Hubert had also acquired the lands of West Lockinge in Berkshire. The family also continued in Normandy
and Hubert was the Lord of Curson in 1223. Kedleston Hall in Kedleston, Derbyshire
is one of the most well known family seats the Curzon family who have held the estate since 1297. Today it is a National Trust property. "The large and elegant mansion of Farnah Hall [in Duffield, Derbyshire], a seat of the Curzon family, stands in a fine park, near the Wirksworth road." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Cursown family
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Cursown 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 Curzon, Curson, Cursone, Courson, Courzon and others.
Early Notables of the Cursown family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Curzon of Kedleston Hall, High Sheriff
(1609); and his son, Sir John Curzon, 1st Baronet
(c.1599-1686), an English politician, Member of Parliament for... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cursown Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cursown family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Cursown or a variant listed above were: Pierre Courson who settled in Louisiana in 1719.
The Cursown 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: Let Curzon holde what Curzon helde
Motto Translation: Let Curzon hold what Curzon held