Courtney: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Courtney

Courtney

Pronunciation: KOHRT-nee (key)

Origin of the name Courtney:

Transferred use of the French surname meaning "from Courtenay (in northern France)." The name, originally bestowed upon both males and females, is now more commonly given to girls.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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My name is Courtney also and I too hated my name when I was growing up I guess most children have the same feelings. (My six year old just informed me she hates her name and it is now Sam) Now, that I know the meaning behind my name--my grandmothers maiden name was Court-- I have more love for it I guess. I also had the nicknames growing up when I was little it was Corkie or Cork but now my dad is the only person allowed to call me Cork. As I got older the nicknames changed to Court and Cici, which I don't mind. Overall, I do love my name and I'm very happy that my parents named me this after my grandmother :)

My cousin's name is Courtney. Her little sister called her Corny before she could say her name, and sometimes we'll still call her by that name.

I am 42 years old (I happen to be African American). Growing up I HATED my name. There were no other Courtneys at schoool--only Melissas and Denises. Then in high school I went away to a college prep program. I met 2 other Courtneys--both my age and both African American--I was over the moon. In fact I ran into one of the other Courtneys about a month ago--we instantly remembered each other

I know 2 Courtneys and one of them is very funny and wild the second one is bit more tame but she is very tall and loves wrestling.

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I've always liked being named Courtney. My parents got the idea from the name of a grandmother six generations back (born 1822), and they didn't know any kids with the name at the time. Because I was named at the very start of the upward trend in naming girls Courtney, I haven't met many people my age that shared the name--unlike the Ashleys, Brittanys, Jennifers, etc. in my classes. I've always liked that I was fairly unique in my age group, but everyone still knew how to pronounce and spell my name. Now I meet younger people with the name, but they often spell it with a K or one of the other, less conventional ways. My mom is really irritated that it became such a stereotypical 80s/90s name...

I love my name as it used to be unusual when I was growing up to meet another Courtney. I was supposed to be Megan when I was born, but when my dad and sister were about to tell them what to put on my birth certificate, my sister, who was six at the time, told my dad that she didn't like Megan. He asked her what my name should be, and she said Courtney. We do not know where she heard the name as she didn't know any Courtneys, but I'm very glad she did this as I have always disliked the name Megan. My poor mother got to hold me for the first time and called me Megan, and my father had to tell her that, no, my name was Courtney.

My name is Courtney and I used to hate it, but now I don't mind it so much. I know lots of other Courtneys, in fact there are 4 others in one of my classes. But the good thing about this name is that even though it's somewhat common, its not over-used or stereotyped, and everyone knows how to pronounce it. This spelling is the most common so people usually get it right the first try. I prefer this spelling over Cortney, Cortnie, Kortnie, or anything else because I think this spelling makes it more mature and sophisticated. And since this name is 2 syllables, it goes really well with one syllable middle names, such as Courtney Rose or Courtney Mae. As far as nicknames go, the worst I've gotten is Horny Corny, haha. And Courts, which I really hate. But my friends sometimes call me Corny or Corn Dog, but it's usually just Courtney.

I'm a Courtney and I've never really liked my name. I have contemplated legally changing mine to my middle name more times than I could count, but I think it would break my mom's heart. I think the reason I don't like my name is because I see SO many Courtney's portrayed in movies and such and they're always the mean girl in school or the dippy but super-popular cheerleader. It also SCREAMS 80's and early 90's--remember the Courtney Barbie doll? In my opinion, Courtney is just another one of those names your mom thought was cute, like Tiffany or Vicki, that ultimately don't translate well into adulthood. When you think of Courtney do you think: doctor, lawyer, teacher? I certainly don't see that. The name Courtney is not sophisticated and isn't exactly synonymous with successful professional--I still think of the Barbie doll.

My mom first came across the name in a magazine article about Natalie Wood's daughter Courtney Wagner (born in 1974.) I was born in the mid '80s and I think Courtney is for the 1980s and 90s what Dorothy was for the 1920s, it's boom and then bust. Ironically I think Dorothy could become popular again with vintage name trends, so maybe in the 2080s or so Courtney will make a comeback!

I know 2 Courtneys and one of them is very funny and wild and the other one is still funny but tall

Nicknames for Courtney: | Edit

Cork, Corky, Court, Coke, Co, Coco, Cici, Coley, Cour, Cour Cour, Courty, Corny, Corn Dog, Courtenayyy, Ney, Neyney

Meanings and history of the name Courtney: | Edit

From the surname Courtenay. This name began as a male name, but is now used more often for females.

A town of France which stands on a hill on the banks of the small river Clairy, about fifty-six miles south of Paris. This small town has imparted its name to several princes, whose actions are celebrated in French history. The name signifies "The court near the water."
Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain. http://www.britishsurnames.co.uk/surname/courtenay/

Interestingly, the meaning of court is ultimately from "co-" + "hort" meaning "together in the garden." http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=court&allowed_in_frame=0

Famous real-life people named Courtney: | Edit

Courtney Love, American rock singer
Courtney Thorne Smith, American actress
Courtney Kennedy Hill (born Mary Courtney Kennedy), daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel
Courtney Brooke Hazlett, American columnist
Courtney Hansen, American television personality

Courtney in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Courtney" by The Clarks

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