Courtney Name Meaning & Origin

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.

Related Names:

Cortney, Cortnie, Kourtney

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Meanings and history of the name Courtney

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

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 Cox, American actress(friends)
Courtney Act, RPDR season 6 runner up
Courtney Noel Collingsworth Metz, American gospel singer

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