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Gender: Male Meaning of Curtis: "courteous, polite" Origin of Curtis: French Curtis's Popularity in 2017: #612

The name Curtis is a boy's name of French origin meaning "courteous, polite". Curtis is ranked #612 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Celebrity Surnames as Firsts and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Curtis is an attractive if somewhat dated surname name that has been borne by several significant musicians and athletes--think Curtis Mayfield, Curtis James Jackson III--aka 50 Cent, and also director Curtis Hanson.

In the USA, Curtis was in the Top 200 for most of the 20th century. We think Curtis, with is clean sound and nice meaning, will survive the all the trends that come and go, and remain in the Top 1000 for many years to come.

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Famous People Named Curtis

Curtis Lee Mayfield, American singer
Curtis Stone, Australian chef
Curtis Holcomb, American football player
Curtis Joseph Marsh, Jr., American football player
Curtis Brinkley, American football player
Curtis Tremayne Lofton, American football player
Curtis Trishton Taylor, American football player
Curtis James Jackson III, better known by his stage name 50 Cent, American rapper
Curtis Stigers, American jazz musician
Curtis Granderson, Jr., American baseball player
Curtis Northrup Strange, American pro golfer
Curtis Emerson LeMay, U.S. Air Force general and politician
Curtis Muhammad Conway, Jr. (b. 2008), son of former American professional boxer Laila Ali

Pop Culture References for the name Curtis

Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darrel "Darry" Curtis, fictional characters and brothers from the novel "The Outsiders" that was written by S. E. Hinton
Jackson Curtis, main character from movie "2012"
Curtis Morgan, character from movie "The Pelican Brief"
Curtis Manning, character in TV's "24"
Dr. Curtis "Curt" Connors, also known as Lizard, character in Marvel Universe
Curtis Wilkins, title character from comic strip "Curtis"
Curtis, character in "Stargate Universe"
Curtis Donovan, character in British TV series "Misfits"
Curtis, servant of Petruchio in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew"
Curtis Everett, main character in movie "Snowpiercer"
Curtis Holt, aka Mr Terrific, character on TV's "Arrow"

Curtel, Curtiss, Cort, Court, Curtice, Curt

Curtis's International Variations

Kurtis, Kurt (German) Curcio (Spanish)


paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

capable Says:


i knew a boy named curtis whose sisters called him "courtesy"; great nickname!