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Curtis Family History

Curtis Name Meaning

English: nickname for a refined person sometimes perhaps given ironically from Middle English Old French courteis courtois curtis ‘courtly refined urbane’ (derivative of Old French court; see Court ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 1911 there were 701 Curtis families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Curtis's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Curtis families in 1911.
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What did your Curtis ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Curtis. 35% of Curtis men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Curtis women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Curtis were Clerk and Income. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Income
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Census Records

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 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 Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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