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OTHER FORMS: Courcelle, Courcel
CONTRIBUTOR: Izzy84 on 4/15/2017
Meaning & History
The name of several places in France, Belgium and Canada. In Middle French the word courcelle was used to describe a "small court" or a "small garden". The word is derived from the medieval Gallo-Romance and Gallo-Italian word corticella
, which was formed from the Latin word cohors
, meaning "court" or "enclosure", and the diminutive –icella
Notable people with the surname Courcelles: Daniel de Rémy de Courcelles (1626 – 1698; governor general of New France), Anne-Thérèse de Marguenat de Courcelles, marquise de Lambert (1647-1733; French writer and salonnière); Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Jullien de Courcelles (1759-1834; French historian and genealogist), Étienne Chardon de Courcelles (1705-1775; French Marine Physician), Didier de Chaffoy de Courcelles (born 1953; Belgian scientist and businessman), Simon Courcelles (born 1986; Canadian professional ice hockey Centre)