What does Curtis mean?
Curtis [cur-tis] as a boys' name is pronounced KERT-iss. It is of English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Curtis is "courteous, polite". Surname, in origin a nickname used in the Middle Ages for a courteous person. In earlier times, it was linked with Middle English "curt" meaning "short leggings". See also Kort. General Curtis Le May; golfer Curtis Strange; football player Curtis Martin.
Associated with: surname.
Related boy name: Cortez.Creative forms:
(male) Cartis, Cortis, ..
(female) Curis, Curta, .. Middle name pairings:
Curtis Otto (C.O.), ..
How popular is Curtis?
Curtis is a very popular first name for males (#112 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#280 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Curtis reached its top rank of #79 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is currently at #527. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Cort, Cortez (#1040 via latest list), Curt, Curtiss, Kurt (#1414) and Kurtis (#1887) are the popular variation forms of Curtis (#527 via latest list). These relations of Curtis were popular with parents in the 1960s (usage of 0.44%) and have become significantly less common since (usage 0.05%, ▼89%), with forms like Curt becoming less fashionable.
Curtis▼ is pronounced similarly to Cortes and Kurtiss. Other suggested similar names are Aris, Arris, Arvis, Baris, Boris, Borris, Burnis, Caddis, Cardin, Carlin, Carlos, Carmin, Carter▲, Cartier, Carvil, Ceri, Cetus, Chris▼, Cirrus, Cletis, Cletos, Cletus▼, Clitus, Clovis, Colis, Collis, Corbie, Corbin▲, Corbit, Cordas, Corie, Corliss, Corrie, Corrin, Corvin, Corwin, Costas, Craig▼, Craik, Crain, Creik, Cris, Cullin, Curley, Curran, Currey, Currie, Currier, Curro, Curry, Cyril▼, Cyrus▲, Eustis, Faris, Ferris, Harris, Idris, Jaris, Jarvis▼, Jervis, Joris, Justis, Kostis, Kris▼, Luis, Moris, Nuris, Orsis, Otis▼, Ottis▼, Paris▼, Purvis and Tullis. These names tend to be less frequently used than Curtis.See names in meaning and etymology.