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Courtney is an attractive and appealing baby name. Historically used for both boys and girls, Courtney has deep roots in British peerage and French aristocracy. The name also has a recognizable place in popular culture. Courtney Whitmore is a DC Comics superheroine, and Courtney Farrell is the main character in Chocolates for Breakfast. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning and Origin of the name Courtney:

Courtney derives from an aristocratic surname and place name called Courtenay. This name meant “domain of Curtenus.” The personal name Curtenus originated from the Latin word curtus (meaning “short”). A second possible etymology is from the Old Norman French nickname cort nez (meaning “short nose”).

Symbolism of the name Courtney:

Courtney originated as an aristocratic surname that first appeared in the 12th century. Symbols for Courtney included the torteaux (roundels) on the family's heraldic coat of arms.

Nicknames for the name Courtney:

  • Court
  • Coco
  • Nene
  • Cordy
  • Cordie
  • Courtsie
  • Courts
  • Teeny
  • Nay
  • Cor
baby name Courtney

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Courtney is a unisex name, but it's primarily used for girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Courtney:

The name Courtney evokes feelings of class and confidence.

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Popularity of the name Courtney:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Courtney was the 950th most popular baby girl name in 2020.

Great middle names for Courtney and their meanings:

  • Ann (grace)
  • Ariel (lion of God)
  • Blythe (cheerful, carefree)
  • Estelle (star)
  • Fidelia (loyalty)
  • Janelle (God is gracious)
  • Nicole (victory of the people)
  • Pamela (honey, sweetness)
  • Raquel (little ewe)
  • Tamar (date palm tree)

Famous people with the name Courtney:

  • Courtney Farrell (main character in Chocolates for Breakfast
  • Courtney Clair Gripling (character in As Told By Ginger
  • Courtney Whitmore (DC Comics superheroine)
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