Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. KAWRT-nee
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Meaning & History

From an aristocratic English surname that was derived either from the French place name Courtenay (originally a derivative of the personal name Curtenus, itself derived from Latin curtus "short") or else from a Norman nickname meaning "short nose". As a feminine name in America, it first became popular during the 1970s.

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Entry updated June 13, 2019