Curtehope History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Curtehope is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Courthope in the county of Sussex.

Early Origins of the Curtehope family

The surname Curtehope 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 Curtehope family

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

Curtehope Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Curtehope has been spelled many different ways, including Courthope, Curtehope, Courtopp, Courthop and many more.

Early Notables of the Curtehope 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...
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Migration of the Curtehope family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Curtehopes to arrive in 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. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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