What does Curtis mean?
Curtis \c(u)-rtis, 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Cortez.
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. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Curtis for boys. Curtis reached its top rank of #78 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is currently at #529. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Cortez, Curt, Curtiss, Kurt and Kurtis are the popular variation forms of Curtis (#529 a year ago). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5115%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.0785%, down 84.7%), with forms like Cortez, Curtis, Curtiss, Kurt and Kurtis falling out of fashion. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Curtis and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)