Kurth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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. 
Early Origins of the Kurth family
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.  Over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Adam Curtase and Johannes Cartas. 
We found this interesting entry for one the family in the town of Lostwithiel, Cornwall: "The church contains a memorial for Tristram Curtys, Esq. who died in the year 1423. This family, which is now extinct, occasionally represented this borough from the reign of Edward I. to that of Henry V. Tristram Curtys was member for Lostwithiel in the 9th of Henry V. Leland speaks of his descendant as having 100 marks of land, between Blowgham and Penknek, by Lostwithiel. " 
Early History of the Kurth family
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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.
Early Notables of the Kurth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kurth family to Ireland
Some of the Kurth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kurth migration to the United States +
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, who 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 
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.)
Related Stories +
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
- ^ 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)