What does Cortez mean?
Cortez \c(o)-rtez, 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.
Cortez is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#1154 out of 1220, Top 95%) and an even more prominent surname for all people (#481 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
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 Birth Statistics)
Curt, Curtis (#529 last year), Curtiss and Kurtis are the prominent related forms of Cortez listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 and are now significantly less widespread, with the forms Cortez, Curt, Curtis, Curtiss and Kurtis falling out of style. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Cortez and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)