Korts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German Korts lie in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein. There are two possible origins for this name. Firstly, Korts is derived from the personal name "Konrad," a very popular name in Germany during the Middle Ages; in this instance, the name Korts 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.

Early Origins of the Korts family

The surname Korts 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 Korts family was instrumental during this early period, playing an important role in the development of the society of Schleswig-Holstein.

Early History of the Korts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Korts research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1297 and 1457 are included under the topic Early Korts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Korts Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Korts family (pre 1700)

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


United States Korts migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Korts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W Korts, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1872 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Korts (post 1700) +

  • Berthold Korts (1912-1943), German World War II fighter ace credited with 113 aerial victories, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Berthold Korts, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 113 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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