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Quick Facts on Courtney

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 535
Simple meaning:
Short nose

Characteristics of Courtney

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Courtney

Courtney is the transferred use of a surname, originating with the Norman French as a place name called Courtenay in Northern France, and introduced to the English after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The location-based origin of the name is said to mean ‘domain of Curtenus’ from the Latin “curtus” meaning ‘broken’. It was largely a distinguished baronial name taken from a Gallo-Roman landlord named Curtenus. Alternatively, it was believed that the surname originated from a nickname from the Old French “court, curt” meaning ‘short’ along with “nes” meaning ‘nose’ (signifying someone with a short nose). In England, the first recorded spelling appeared in the 12th century as de Curtenay. In the U.K. and U.S. the name is found mainly as a girl’s name and it is currently ranked highest in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Popularity of the Name Courtney

Even though the name Courtney appeared briefly and sparingly in the late 1800s, for all intents and purposes, it did not emerge on the female naming charts until 1962. Very quickly this name ascended the charts and arrived on the Top 100 list of most favored girl names within 15 short years. Courtney became super popular in the 1980s and 1990s. Her peak popularity was between 1990 and 1995 when the name was often a Top 20 choice for girls in America. As often is the case, however, what goes up must come down. Courtney’s trendy days are now over. Since the turn of the 21st century, the name has dropped over 300 positions on the charts and she still appears to be on a downward trajectory. She goes into the same bucket as other ϋber-trendy names of the 80s and 90s (think: Jessica, Brittney, Tiffany) and is usually considered “cutesy” and modern as a result. Yet Courtney has a more interesting resonance; it’s more androgynous (and therefore not uncommon as a boy’s name). It has a ‘courtly’ and distinguished sound. And if you’re an ENT doctor, we might suggest the names Courtney and Cameron (which mean ‘short nose’ and ‘crooked nose’, respectively).
Popularity of the Girl Name Courtney
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Courtney

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Courtney

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Courtney

    Courtney We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Courtney.

  • Popular Songs on Courtney

    Popular Songs on Courtney

    Courtney - a song by The Clarks

    He's Courtin' Courtney - a song by the Dickies

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Courtney

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Courtney

    Courtney (John Burningham) - Courtney is the dog that nobody wants, but the children think he's lovely. When they take him home, their parents are very disappointed—he's just an old mongrel. But Courtney turns out to be a wonder-dog who can cook, juggle, and even play the violin. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Courtney Crumrin Tales: The Coven of Mystics (Ted Naifeh) - Courtney Crumrin is back in a new adventure that pits her against the town's most powerful warlocks and witches, the Coven of Mystics! When the night things of Courtney's community start causing trouble, it's up to the girl to find out why. The coven blames the hobgoblin initially but quickly turns its ire to Skarrow, a night thing in service to the town's most reclusive witch. Uncle Aloysius doesn't believe the disturbances are that easy to explain. His dismissal of the Coven's alleged culprit starts Courtney down a twisted path that leads to the true mastermind behind all the horror! But does Courtney stand a chance against a being that powerful and manipulative? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Courtney the Clownfish Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Ocean Fairies keep all the sea creatures safe and happy -- until their magic goes missing! This is our eleventh group of Rainbow Magic fairies. The Ocean Fairies keep all the sea creatures safe and happy! But when the goblins shatter their enchanted conch shell, seven magical sea creatures leave to search for the pieces. The Ocean Fairies must find the shells…and their animal friends! Rachel and Kirsty need to find the final piece of the enchanted shell, but it won't be easy to outsmart Jack Frost. Luckily, they'll have help from Courtney the Clownfish Fairy! Find the missing creature in each book and help save the ocean magic! Recommended for ages 6-10.

  • Famous People Named Courtney

    Famous People Named Courtney

    Famous People Named Courtney - Courteney Cox (actress); Courtney Love (musician); Courtney Thorne-Smith (actress); Courtney Kupets (gymnast); Courtney Pine (musician); Courtney Alexander (basketball player); Courtney Kennedy (ice hockey player); Courtney B. Vance (actor); Courtney Hawkins (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Courtney

    Children of Famous People Named Courtney

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Courtney - Natalie Wood (actress); Robert Wagner (actor); Jack Lemmon (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Courtney - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Courtney - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Courtney.

Personality of the Girl Name Courtney

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Courtney

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