The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The surname of LACOUR was of French origin, a locational name 'the dweller at the court' a large mansion, from residence or employment therein. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. The earliest French hereditary surnames are found in the 12th century, at more or less the same time as they arose in England, but they are by no means common before the 13th century, and it was not until the 15th century that they stabilized to any great extent; before then a surname might be handed down for two or three generations, but then abandoned in favour of another. In the south, many French surnames have come in from Italy over the centuries, and in Northern France, Germanic influence can often be detected. The name was brought into England from France during the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The name is also spelt as A'Court and A'Courte. Early records of the name mention Reginald Corte, recorded in the year 1181. Richard le Cort was recorded in 1199, County Devon. John la Court, 1273 County Essex. William de la Cort, was documented in 1296, County Somerset. William A'Court was recorded during the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) in London.
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