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Other Forms FormsCortland, Courtlin
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Contributor Contrib.Joan-Ay on 6/11/2008
Transferred use of the surname Courtland.Possibly derived from Cortland, an archaic form of the Dutch surname Kortland, which in turn is possibly derived from a Dutch town of the same name (which might have served as the inspiration for the city Cortland in the American state of New York). The surname means "short land", derived from Dutch kort "short" and land "land". Since Dutch naming law has always strictly prohibited the use of surnames as first names, neither Cortland, Kortland or even Courtland have ever been used as a first name in The Netherlands. Therefore, COURTLAND's usage should be listed as (American-)English, since the United States of America does allow the use of surnames as first names.