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Gender: Male Meaning of Kurt: "courteous, polite" Origin of Kurt: German, diminutive of Kurtis

The name Kurt is a boy's name of German origin meaning "courteous, polite". Kurt and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your name, your kiddos".

From the experts:

A name that defines itself, a bit more curt in the harder K version.

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Famous People Named Kurt

Kurt Donald Cobain, American musician of band Nirvana
Kurt Vonnegut, American author
Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner, American NFL player
Kurt Vogel Russell, American actor
Kurt Alder, German chemist and Nobel prize winner
Kurtis "Kurt" Fuller, American actor
Kurtis Kiyoshi "Kurt" Suzuki, American baseball player
Kurt Wuthrich, Swiss chemist and Nobel Prize winner
Kurt Hugo Schneider, American musician
Kurt Friedrich Gödel, logician, mathematician, and philosopher
Kurt Steven Angle, American pro wrestler
Kurt Thomas Busch, American NASCAR driver
Kurt Samuel Vile, American singer-songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Kurt

Kurt Hummel, Chris Colfer's character on TV's "Glee"
Kurt von Trapp, fourth child in "The Sound of Music" ("That's the one I left out! God bless Kurt.")
Kurt Martin, Zack and Cody's father on "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and "The Suite Life on Deck"
Dwight Kurt Schrute, Rainn Wilson's character on TV's "The Office"
Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler, Marvel comics character
Kurt, character from the movie "Ant-Man"


Kurt's International Variations

Kort (Dutch)


Ruanne Says:


They forgot Kurt Russell.

This is a streamlined but strong one syllable name, though somewhat rarely used. Still, it's recognizable from mid century usage, and some of the more fluid mid century names are bound to make a comeback.

Madelyn Says:


Kurt can also be a contracted or short form of Konrad