Curtis Family History

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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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Curtis Family Origin

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Curtis Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Curtis. 2% of Curtis men worked as a General Labourer and 53% of Curtis women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Curtis were Gardener and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated

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

Curtis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 860,000 census records available for the last name Curtis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Curtis 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 69,000 immigration records available for the last name Curtis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Curtis Life Expectancy

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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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