Corse (surname)

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Corse is a European surname with several apparently independent origins.[1] An English origin traces to Corse, Gloucestershire, a location in South West England. A Scottish origin can be traced to one of several specific locations in Scotland, or alternatively to a location type, as in a locale resembling a "cross". Another origin appears from Scandinavia as a 17th-century variant of the surname Carsten. The United Kingdom and Scandinavia may not account for all origins of the 'Corse' surname, as records show that the largest number of immigrants (albeit yet small) into the United States bearing this surname originated in Italy and Sardinia.[2] One point of origin of the Corse surname into the United States was through the person of James Corse in the late 17th century, on whom a significant amount of genealogical research has been expended.[3]

"Corse" was apparently uncommon in 19th and 20th century United States and England. In 1891 the surname was found in London and several counties of England (7 of 39) and Wales (1 of 13).[4] In the United States in 1840, the surname was concentrated in New York, Vermont and to a lesser extent in Pennsylvania with a smattering in the remaining states (total of 10 out of 26). From 1840 to 1920, instances of the surname spread to most continental states (missing in 15 states of 50, including Alaska and Hawaii).[5][6][7]

The Corse surname is shared by several notable people:

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  1. ^ "corse Name Meaning and Origin" (Database record). Family Facts archive. The Generations Network. Retrieved 16 January 2008. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 
  2. ^ "corse Immigration Records" (Database record). Family Facts archive. The Generations Network. Retrieved 16 January 2008. Compiled by Ancestry.com from the New York Passenger Lists. 
  3. ^ John P. DuLong (5 November 2004). "Corse Family Origins". Acadian and French Canadian Genealogy. Retrieved 16 January 2008. James Corse is the ancestor of a considerable number of people with roots in New England and Québec. ... James first appears in a record dated 18 March 1686.... 
  4. ^ "Corse Family History Facts 1891" (Database record). Family Facts archive. The Generations Network. Retrieved 16 January 2008. Distribution of Ballabon Families in England and Wales in 1891. ... The information for this map came from Ancestry.com’s UK Census Collection. 
  5. ^ "Corse Family History Facts 1920" (Database record). Family Facts archive. The Generations Network. Retrieved 16 January 2008. Distribution of Corse Families in the US in 1920. ... The information for this map came from Ancestry.com’s US Federal Census Collection. 
  6. ^ "Corse Family History Facts 1880" (Database record). Family Facts archive. The Generations Network. Retrieved 16 January 2008. Distribution of Corse Families in the US in 1880. ... The information for this map came from Ancestry.com’s US Federal Census Collection. 
  7. ^ "Corse Family History Facts 1840" (Database record). Family Facts archive. The Generations Network. Retrieved 16 January 2008. Distribution of Corse Families in the US in 1840. ... The information for this map came from Ancestry.com’s US Federal Census Collection.