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The roots of the distinguished German Kort lie in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein. There are two possible origins for this name. Firstly, Kort is derived from the personal name "Konrad," a very popular name in Germany during the Middle Ages; in this instance, the name Kort would mean "son of Konrad." Alternatively, the name could derive from the Low German word "kort," meaning "short." In this instance, it is likely that the name was bestowed as a nickname upon the original bearer, probably a short person, who then passed it down to his descendants as a surname.

Kort Early Origins



The surname Kort was first found in the city of Hamburg, where the surname is believed to have first emerged. Johannes dictus Curt, living in Hamburg in 1297, is the earliest known bearer of the name. The young Kort family was instrumental during this early period, playing an important role in the development of the society of Schleswig-Holstein.

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Kort Spelling Variations


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Kort Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kort, Korte, Kört, Körte, Corte and others.

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Kort Early History


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Kort Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kort research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1297 and 1457 are included under the topic Early Kort History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kort Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kort Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kort Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kort Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Amanda Kort, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Heinerich Kort, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Helene Kort, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Kort Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Barteld Kort, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Franciazek Kort, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Friedrich Kort, aged 21, who landed in America from Lubeck, in 1906
  • Henry Kort, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Eva Kort, aged 17, who landed in America from Zopaczyska, Russia, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kort (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kort (post 1700)



  • Ellen Kort, American poet, the first Poet Laureate of Wisconsin (2000)
  • Michael Kort (b. 1944), American historian, academic, and author

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    8. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    11. ...

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