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The name Curtis reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Curtis family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Curtis is based on 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.


Curtis Early Origins



The surname Curtis 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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Curtis Spelling Variations


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Curtis Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Curtis has been recorded under many different variations, including Curtis, Curtiss, Curtyss, Curtys, Curtess, Curtes, Cortes, Cortis and many more.

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Curtis Early History


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Curtis Early History



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

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Curtis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Curtis Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Curtis In Ireland


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Curtis In Ireland



Some of the Curtis 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



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Curtiss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Curtis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Curtis, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Jon Curtis, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Jo Curtis, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Eliz Curtis, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Henry Curtis settled in Sudbury in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curtis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mark Curtis, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Martha Curtis, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Thomas Curtis, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Isabella Curtis, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • James Curtis, who landed in America in 1764
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curtis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco Curtis, aged 32, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Antonio Curtis, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Arthisa Curtis, aged 35, landed in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • C Curtis, aged 46, landed in Key West, Fla in 1846
  • A Curtis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curtis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Curtis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Curtis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Curtis, who arrived in Anapolis (Annapolis), Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Andrew Curtis U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783, listed as signing the Quaker Loyalist agreement [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Ebenezer Curtis U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783; member of the Cape Ann Association [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Curtis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Truman Meeds Curtis, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • John Curtis, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Patrick Curtis, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mary Curtis, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • William Curtis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curtis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Curtis, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • John Curtis, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • James Curtis, a tanner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Curtis, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • William Curtis arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Curtis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W H Curtis landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • George Curtis, aged 34, a millwright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Priscilla Curtis, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Priscilla Ann Curtis, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Henry Curtis, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Curtis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Curtis (post 1700)



  • Charles "Chuck" Curtis (1935-2016), American college and NFL football coach, head coach at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Alan Curtis (1934-2015), American harpsichordist, musicologist, and conductor of baroque opera
  • Thomas Curtis (1872-1944), American one time Olympic gold medalist for Athletics during the 1896 games
  • Chet Curtis (1939-2014), born Chester Kukiewicz, American newscaster in Boston, inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2013
  • Brigadier-General James Washington Curtis (1888-1979), American Chief of Staff Headquarters Replacement & School Command
  • Major-General Edward Peck Curtis (1897-1987), American Chief of Staff, US Strategic Air Forces Europe (1944-1945)
  • Major-General Charles Clarence Curtis (1893-1960), American Commanding Officer 33rd Coast Artillery Brigade (1941-1943)
  • Tony Curtis (1925-2010), stage name of Bernard Schwartz, an American Academy Award nominated film actor, best known for his roles in "Some Like It Hot" and "The Defiant Ones"
  • Jesse W. Curtis Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1944
  • Jesse William Curtis (b. 1865), American Democrat politician, Superior Court Judge in California, 1914-23; Judge, California Court of Appeal, 1923-26; Justice of California State Supreme Court, 1926-31
  • ... (Another 186 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Curtis Historic Events


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Curtis Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary† Curtis, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Clifford Leslie James Curtis (1919-1941), Australian Wireman from Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Curtis (1908-1941), Australian Petty Officer from Alphington, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Richard Curtis, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Arthur Curtis (d. 1912), aged 25, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Curtis


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Suggested Readings for the name Curtis



  • Ancestors and Descendants of James Curtis of Bristol, Maine, and Noah Curtis of Woodstock, Maine by Harold Curtis Pickwick.
  • A Family Named Curtis: Descendants of Thomas Curtis of Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1598-1982 by Rose Mary Goodwin.

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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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Curtis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Curtis 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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