Last name: Courtney

This distinguished name is of Norman, Old French origin, introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It has two quite distinct interpretations: firstly, the surname may be locational, from places called Courtenay in the regions of Loiret and Gatinais which are named from a Gallo-Roman landlord "Curtenus" (a derivative of the Latin "curtus", short), with the locational suffix "-acum". The second possible derivation of the surname is from a nickname for a person who had a snub nose, from the Old French "court, curt", short, with "nes", nose. Many early European surnames were created from the habitual use of nicknames, often bestowed with reference to a person's physical attributes or peculiarities. In some cases, bearers of the surname may be of Irish descent, since Courtney is also an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'Curnain", descendant of Curnan, from an Old Irish personal name of obscure origins. Recordings of the name from London Church Registers include: the christening of Thomas Courtney at All Hallows, London Wall, on November 11th 1569, and the marriage of William Courtney and Mary Lucas on March 22nd 1590, at St. Dunstan's, Stepney. John Courtney and his wife, Sybbill, were early emigrants to America, leaving London on the "Paule" in July 1635, bound for Virginia. An early Coat of Arms granted to the family depicts a blue fesse between three torteaux on a gold shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald de Curtenay, which was dated 1164, in "Feudal Documents from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds", Suffolk, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Rhonda Courtney
looking for the parents of james courtney b.1610 in England and Left for america maryland or va he married mary Lawne and then DYNE

V. Harrison (nee Brady)
my maternal grandmother's maiden name was Courtney and she claimed to find a connection to the Carton family in Co Kildare Ireland ie., Carton House. Dont know if this is true because she definitely did not come from a 'moneyed' background!!! My mother died in her 80s in 2010 and my grandmother was in her 80's when she died in Coventry in the UK a long time ago. I am very bad at dates!!! but just to give you a time scale. My mum was born in 1925 and was the eldest child so that might mean that my grandmother would have been about 20 or 21 when my mum was born. hope this might be of some use......P.S. the names Lawne and Dyne are not familiar to me at all.

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