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What does Curtis mean?

Curtis Pronunciation of 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.


Curtis has 6 variants: Curcio, Curt, Curtell, Curtice, Curtiss and Kurtis.

Related boy name: Cortez.

3 more different relations via Kort: Cort, Court and Kurt.

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)

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

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

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.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kurt, Kurtis in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.

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