The name ‘Curtis’ originates from England. It is derived from the nickname for a refined person, sometimes no doubt given ironically, from Old Flemish, Middle English word ‘curteis’, ‘co(u)rtois’ meaning refined, accomplished (a derivative of the Old Flemish name ‘court’). Variant: ‘Curtiss’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Curtis’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘William Le Curteis’, from the County Oxfordshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘William Curtis’, aged 14, from Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England. He emigrated to North America in 1632 with his mother, ‘Elizabeth Curtis’. He settled at Stratford, Connect… Coat of arms: Azure, a fesse…
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