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Variant of Courtenay, an aristocratic Norman surname derived from place names in Normandy, Latin Curtenus, a personal name from curtus "short" + -ācum, locative case = "domain of Curtenus".

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name popular in the 1980s and the 1990s.


  • 1593 William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act IV, Scene IV
    Sir Edward Courtney, and the haughty prelate,
    Bishop of Exeter, his brother there,
    With many moe confederates are in arms.
  • 1985 Sue Grafton, B is for Burglar, Macmillan 2005, ISBN 0312939000, page 125
    "One girl ten, another one eight. Courtney and Ashley. I'd have named 'em something else. Sara and Diane, Patti and Jill, something like that. I don't even understand girls.