Cortese is widespread throughout Italy, Cortesi is specific to Lombardy and Romagna, with strains also in the Florentine and in Rome, Cortesini in addition to the Roman nucleus with a stock also in Marino, has one also in the Cremona area, can be originated from nicknames deriving from from the fact of being at the service of the court of some lord, as it is possible that they derive from one of the many toponyms with the root Corte-, like Corte (PD) - (TN) or Corte Brugnatella (PC), Corte de 'Cortesi (CR ), Corte Palasio (LO), or one of the many others. additions provided by Angelo Cortesi Cortesi is a surname sufficiently widespread in Italy, but my family descends from a Corradus Cortesius prince of Brittany who came to Italy in the 3rd century AD to Vicus Abenza, a toponym now disappeared in the Ferrara area, at the head of a legation he was to confer with the bishop of that locality. In Ferrara there seemed to be a Cortesi castle, a place of popular sovereignty. From what I understand the Cortesi of that branch are only nobles and servants of the Empire, the coat of arms of the lineage is of gold to the natural tower with an illeoparded lion brandishing the terraced sword of green, crest the aqula of empire. Traces of the Cortesi family can be found along the Via Francigena from Ravenna, in Tuscany at Sangimignano (tower of the devil or the Cortesi) and in Todi (more precisely Casigliano) where, according to legend, Angelo Cortesi's wife used to bathe in donkey milk to maintain youth.
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