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Curtis Family History

Curtis Name Meaning

English: nickname for a refined person, sometimes no doubt given ironically, from Old French, Middle English curteis, co(u)rtois ‘refined’, ‘accomplished’ (a derivative of Old French court, see Court 1). English: from Middle English curt ‘short’ + hose ‘leggings’, hence a nickname for a short person or one who wore short stockings. This nickname was borne by William the Conqueror’s son Robert, but it is not clear whether it has given rise to any surnames. Altered form of French Courtois.

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

Similar surnames: Courtois, Cortes, Curtin, Curt, Custis, Purvis, Artis, Burts, Curie

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Where is the Curtis family from?

You can see how Curtis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Curtis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Curtis families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 401 Curtis families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Curtis's in USA. New York had the highest population of Curtis families in 1840.
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What did your Curtis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Curtis. 16% of Curtis men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Curtis women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Curtis were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 69,000 immigration records available for the last name Curtis. 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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There are 133,000 military records available for the last name Curtis. For the veterans among your Curtis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Curtis lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Curtis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Curtis in 1940 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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