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.
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 entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #533 in the U.S. in the year 1990, but is not listed currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Curt and Curtis (#529 last year) are the prominent related forms of Cortez listed in the Top 1000. These forms of Cortez reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (median #462) and are now significantly less widespread (#843, down 71%).
Thinking of names?
Suggested similar baby names are Carter▲, Colten▲, Colter, Corben, Corbet, Cordas, Coree, 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.