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Kurth is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name 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.


Kurth Early Origins



The surname Kurth 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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Kurth Spelling Variations


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Kurth Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Curtis, Curtiss, Curtyss, Curtys, Curtess, Curtes, Cortes, Cortis and many more.

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Kurth Early History


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Kurth Early History



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

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Kurth Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kurth Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Kurth In Ireland


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Kurth In Ireland



Some of the Kurth 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 persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Kurth or a variant listed above:

Kurth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tobias Kurth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Kurth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Friederich Kurth, aged 36, landed in Missouri in 1844
  • Hermann Kurth, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Johann Kurth, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • August Kurth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871
  • George Kurth, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kurth (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kurth (post 1700)



  • Ronald James Kurth (b. 1931), American retired rear admiral of the United States Navy, former President of the Naval War College
  • John H. Kurth, American brewer and founder of the Kurth Brewery, Columbus, Wisconsin in 1859
  • Donald J. Kurth Jr. (b. 1949), American physician, businessowner, educator, and mayor of the City of Rancho Cucamonga
  • Joe Kurth (b. 1914), American tailback for the Green Bay Packers
  • Wally Kurth (b. 1958), American singer and television performer, best known for his work on the soap opera General Hospital
  • Rob Kurth, American punk rock drummer
  • Joe Kurth (1907-1987), American NFL football tackle for the Green Bay Packers
  • James Kurth, American Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, United States
  • Don Kurth, American politician, Mayor of City of Rancho Cucamonga, California
  • Andrea Kurth (b. 1957), German gold medalist rower at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Kurth Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kurth 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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