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Origins of the Curtis surname

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What does the name Curtis mean?

The origin of the Curtis surname is English. It is believed to have Anglo-Norman roots, deriving from the Old French 'curttis' and the Middle English 'curteys'. Curtis is a name that stems from a personal nickname, referring to someone who was considered particularly courteous (someone who is civil or well-mannered).

Alternative variations of the name Curtis

Curtis, Curtiss, Curtys, Curtes, Cortis

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Where do most Curtises live?

In 1921, most Curtises lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Curtises

How common is your surname?

201st most common surname in the UK

We have 176,000 records for the Curtis surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Curtises most likely to marry?



Curtis Or Curtisses

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What are the most common Curtis first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Curtises

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Curtises in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Curtises in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer




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