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.