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The name Curtiss came to England with the ancestors of the Curtiss family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes 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.


Curtiss Early Origins



The surname Curtiss 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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Curtiss Spelling Variations


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Curtiss Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Curtiss family name include Curtis, Curtiss, Curtyss, Curtys, Curtess, Curtes, Cortes, Cortis and many more.

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Curtiss Early History


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Curtiss Early History



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

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Curtiss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Curtiss Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Curtiss In Ireland


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Curtiss In Ireland



Some of the Curtiss 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 political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Curtiss family to immigrate North America:

Curtiss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Curtiss, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1632

Curtiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Curtiss, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J S Curtiss, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • T Curtiss, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. Curtiss, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H W Curtiss, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Curtiss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Curtiss (post 1700)



  • John Shelton Curtiss (1899-1983), American historian of Russia
  • Thomas Quinn Curtiss (1915-2000), American writer, and film and theatre critic
  • Elden Francis Curtiss (b. 1932), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • James Curtiss (1803-1859), American politician who twice served as Mayor of Chicago
  • Charles Curtiss (1908-1993), American Communist
  • C. Fayette Curtiss, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Southington, 1929-30, 1939-40; Defeated, 1932
  • Augustus P. Curtiss, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Norfolk, 1906
  • Asahel Curtiss, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Meriden, 1836
  • Asa Curtiss, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stratford, 1821
  • Amos Curtiss, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Meriden, 1824
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Curtiss Historic Events


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Curtiss Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harold J Curtiss, British Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr.  Stanley T Curtiss, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Curtiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Curtiss 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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