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Variant of Courtenay, an aristocratic Norman surname derived from place names in Normandy, from Latin Curtenus, a personal name from curtus (short).

Proper noun[edit]

Courtney (plural Courtneys)

  1. A surname​.
    • 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.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name popular in the 1980s and the 1990s.
    • 1985 Sue Grafton, B is for Burglar, Macmillan 2005, →ISBN, 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.