Curtis family page
Members of the Curtis and de Bourcier families in 1941
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Origins of surname
This surname, which was a nickname for a well educated man, is derived from the old French corteis or curteis meaning 'refined' or 'accomplished'.
The name first appeared in Jersey church records in 1812, when William and George Carr, sons of Richard and Jane Curtis, were baptised in St Saviour.
- Courtois, French form
Births and baptisms
This will created by a member of the Curtis family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Samuel Curtis, bequeaths to Sarah Maria Curtis his interest in the Botanical Magazine 18 April 1860 - D/Y/A/30
The famous botanist Samuel Curtis (1779-1860), born in Hampshire in 1779, moved to Jersey in about 1840 and lived at Chateau La Chaire with his daughter Harriet, building the first house there and creating an important botanical garden
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