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Meaning and name origin
Curtis \c(u)-rtis, cur-tis\ as a boy's 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 information, see also the related boy name Cortez.
Curtis is a very popular first name for males (#112 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#270 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Curtis for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Curtis and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cortez, Curt, Curtis, Curtiss and Kurtis. (2015 statistics).
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