Courtney is an English unisex name originally derived from an English surname derived from a French place called Courtenay, which comes from Curtenus, a Latin name meaning “short” from Latin curtus (short) derived from a PIE root word. It may also have arisen as a nickname for someone with a short nose or someone who was short in stature. As a surname it also has Irish origins, the anglicized form of Ó Curnáin meaning “descendant of Curnán”, the latter an Old Irish given name of uncertain origin though it could be related to curn meaning “horn” via Old Irish corn (horn, drinking horn, goblet) derived from Latin cornu via a PIE root word.

Nicknames: Court

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Courteney (English) u
  • Courtenay (English) u
  • Cortney (English) f
  • Kortney (English) f
  • Kourtney (English) f



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