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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.

Associated with: surname, 16th century, small (little)


Cortez has 3 variants: Cortes, Kortes and Kortez.

Cortez has 2 more alternative forms via Curtis: Curt and Curtell.

Kreatif forms:
(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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cortez name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cortez outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cortez, Curt, Curtis in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cortez and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.