Courtney Family History

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Courtney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Courtenay near Sens in northern France, or some other place similarly named, from the name of a Romano-Gallic landlord, Curtenus (a derivative of Latin curtus ‘short’) + the locative suffix -acum. English (of Norman origin): nickname for someone with a snub nose, from Old French c(o)urt ‘short’ + nes ‘nose’ (Latin nasus). Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Curnáin ‘descendant of Curnán’, an Old Irish personal name from a diminutive of corn ‘horn’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Coursey, Corney, Curley, Cerney, Journey, Putney, Courey, Furtney

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Courtney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Courtney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Courtney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Courtney Family Origin

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Courtney Family Occupations

What did your Courtney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Courtney family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Courtney. The most common Courtney occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Courtney's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Courtney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 177,000 census records available for the last name Courtney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Courtney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Courtney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 36,000 military records available for the last name Courtney. For the veterans among your Courtney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Courtney Life Expectancy

What is the average Courtney lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Courtney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Courtney in 1942 was 38, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Courtney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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