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, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#270 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Curtis for boys. Curtis reached its highest rank of #78 in the U.S. in 1960-1969 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Curtis and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Curtis (#529), Kurtis, Curtiss, Cortez and Curt. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).