The history of the name Curthose begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for a person who was given the nickname
due to the fact that this individual wore half hose
which reached the top of the knee, rather than covering the whole leg. This nickname was given to Sir Thomas Woodcock, Lord Mayor of London in 1405 for this very reason.
Early Origins of the Curthose family
The surname Curthose was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Curthose family
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Curthose Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Curthose are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Curthose include: Shorthouse, Shortus, Shorthose, Shortis and others.
Early Notables of the Curthose family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Curthose family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Curthose or a variant listed above: Thomas Shorthouse who arrived in Philadelphia in 1797; another Thomas Shorthouse arrived in New York in 1822; Michael Shortis settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1845..
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