Court Family History
Court Name Meaning
English: topographic or occupational name from Middle English curt court ‘large house’ (a word of the same ultimately Latin origin as 2 below) denoting someone who lived or worked in a manor house or castle a courtly retainer. French: topographic name from Old French co(u)rt ‘court farmyard’ (from Latin cohors cors genitive cohortis cortis ‘court farmyard enclosure’). English and French: nickname for a physically small man or ironically for a large man from the adjective Middle English curt Old French co(u)rt ‘short small’ (from Latin curtus ‘curtailed truncated cut short broken off’). Compare French Lecourt . Irish: shortened form of McCourt .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press