Meaning and name origin
Cortez \c(o)-rtez, cor-tez\ as a boy's name is pronounced kor-TEZ. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Cortez is "courteous". May also mean "court-dweller". Variant of Curtis. Historical: surname of the Spanish explorer and adventurer Hernando Cortes (16th century) who with a small expeditionary force conquered the Aztec civilization of Mexico.
Cortez is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1154 out of 1220, Top 95%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#481 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cortez for boys. Cortez reached its highest rank of #533 in the U.S. in 1990. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cortez and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Curtis (#529) and Cortez. (2014 statistics).