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Refined, accomplished, courteous
Characteristics of Curtis
Etymology & Historical Origin - Curtis
Curtis is the transferred use of an English surname which originated in medieval times as a nickname for someone who had a good education (from the old French word “curteis” meaning ‘refined, accomplished’). The modern French word “courtois” means ‘courteous’ which is another possible origin of this nickname. As a surname, Curteis first appeared in the 12th century and would later be anglicized to Curtis. As a given name, Curtis has been in use since at least the 19th century. It has been popular among English speaking nations but also France. However, in recent time, Curtis has been dropping in popularity.
Popularity of the Name Curtis
Curtis has a very modern sensibility so we were surprised to see how long it’s been in use. The name was already on the Top 150 list at the turn of the 20th century in 1900. The name ascended to the Top 100 list by the 1940s but the real height of his popularity came in the 1960s when on average he ranked #75 in the United States. Curtis has never experienced ϋber-popularity and nauseating trendiness; rather, this is a name that has demonstrated constant, high-moderate appeal for American parents. It’s only right now, as we’ve entered the 21st century, that Curtis is no longer on the modern American radar. Curtis has officially fallen out of style with barely 700 baby boys receiving this ‘courteous’ moniker per year. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher, as rapper 50 Cent might agree. After all, his birth name is Curtis James Jackson III. Curtis is a handsome name with a confident, intelligent quality and cute contemporary appeal. But also retains a 20th century coolness amidst the overly-trendy, sheep-mentality naming fashions of today.
Popularity of the Boy Name Curtis
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Curtis
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Curtis
Curtis We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Curtis.
Popular Songs on Curtis
Curtis 187 - a song by 50 Cent [explicit]
The Ballad of Curtis Loew - a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Children's Books on the Baby Name Curtis
Good-bye, Curtis (Kevin Henkes) - Curtis has been delivering mail for forty-two years. Today is his last day. And all the mailboxes along his route are filled with surprises. There is a drawing from Debbie, Dennis, and Donny. There is a bottle of aftershave from the Johnsons. There is a small, fat book from Mr. Porter. But the real surprise is at the very last house on the very last street. There is no doubt that everyone loves Curtis! Recommended for ages 2-5.
Famous People Named Curtis
Famous People Named Curtis - Curtis James Jackson III (aka 50 Cent, rapper); Curtis Enis (football player); Curtis Granderson (baseball player); Curtis Hanson (film director); Curtis Martin (football player); Curtis Mayfield (singer/songwriter); Curtis Strange (golfer)
Children of Famous People Named Curtis
Famous People Who Named Their Son Curtis - Laila Ali (boxer, daughter of Muhammad Ali)
Curtis - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Curtis - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Curtis.
Personality of the Boy Name Curtis
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Curtis