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 (#367 out of 150436, 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 the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4394%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.0942%, down 78.6%), 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)