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  • (noun): English botanical writer and publisher (1746-1799).
    Synonyms: William Curtis


Curtis or Curtiss is a common given name and surname of English origin derived from the Old French "curteis," which means 'polite, courteous, or well-bred.' It's related with the Spanish and Portuguese surname Cortes. It was brought to England (and subsequently, the rest of the Isles) via the Norman Conquest. This is evidence to suggest the name itself is a phonetic corruption of Curthose, the nickname ascribed to Robert II or also Curtmantle, the surname used by Henry II, the first of England's Plantagenet kings. It could also be a variation of the established medieval surname, Curthoys. Though it is unclear whether "Curtis" and "Curtiss" are directly related, the latter is also considered here for convenience.

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Tom Curtis (footballer)
... Tom Curtis (born 1 March 1973 in Exeter, England) is an English professional footballer ... Curtis has previously played for several Football League clubs, and is perhaps best remembered for his seven-year spell at Chesterfield, where he played more than 250 games and was part of the ... Curtis was signed by Chesterfield manager John Duncan at a time when the young footballer was undertaking a university course ...
Richard Curtis (politician) - Election and Voting Record
... Curtis was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2, 2004, following a term serving as a member of the La Center city council ... Curtis faced no primary opposition and won the general election with 56.5 percent of the vote in a race against Democratic candidate Pam Brokaw ... Curtis, who is married with two daughters, built up a socially conservative voting record while in office ...
Margaret Curtis
... Margaret Curtis (October 8, 1883 – December 24, 1965) was an American golf and tennis champion and lifelong social worker ... Her brother James Freeman Curtis became a lawyer in New York City, and was the Assistant United States Secretary of the Treasury under President William Howard Taft ... Her cousin Laurence Curtis, who served as the second President of the United States Golf Association in 1897–98, encouraged the family to take up the game of golf ...
The Royal Family (TV Series) - Episodes
... visit from their daughter and her three children, including 15-year-old Curtis who borrows Grandpa's truck in this opener ... to, or in spite of, Al's history tutelage (at the bowling alley), Curtis scores an A on a test, but not without having something up his sleeve ... October 2, 4 ... "Talkin' Baseball" Her knuckleball success against Curtis and a friend inspires Kim to try out for varsity baseball, starting a rhubarb with Al about a woman's ...