What does Cortez mean?
Cortez /cor-tez/ as a boys' 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.
(male) Contez, Cotez, ..
(female) Cormen, Corte, ..
How popular is Cortez?
Cortez is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1154 out of 1220, Top 95%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#367 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Cortez for boys. Cortez reached its peak rank of #533 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #1031. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Curt and Curtis (#529 last year) are the prominent related forms of Cortez (#1031 last year) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Cortez reached the peak of their popularity in the 1960s (median #557) and are now significantly less widespread.
Suggested similar names are Carter▲, Colten▲, Colter, Corben, Corbet, Cordas, Coree (see Corey), Coren, Corey▼, Corie, Corley, Cornel, Corney, Correy, Cort, Cortney, Corty, Coster, Cotten, Gorten, Horten, Jontez, Montez, Morten and Porter▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cortez.