- It's a nice sounding name, plus it's quite versatile. It is a great first, middle or last name; it works great for boys or girls (I think better for boys because it is less common); and there are some fun spellings. It's really old (Norman, I believe), and as of yet, has always flown right under the radar of too-oft-used names. Some alternate spellings include: Courtenay, Kortney, Cairtnaigh, Courtnee'. It speaks of sweetness for a young lass, and is just as distinguished for an older gentleman. And I believe it means "court-born" -- quite royal, or fair and just, depending on your view of the court. Courtney is a great alternative to the plethora of single-syllable, object-names (Ty, Matt, Jack, Mike, Pat, Chris) that are eternally popular, but it is still simple and honest. And of course there are some celebs who carry the name: Courtenay Cox (is she still an Arquette?), Courtney B. Vance, Courtney Love (gotta love her!), and Courteney Thorne-Smith.
- I really like this name because it's feminine, yet could still work for a tomboy or girly-girl. It's easy to say, and has a cute nickname. (Court)
- I like the lead singer of Hole
- delicate sweet and beautiful
- What a great name for a little baby! Very feminine and gentle sounding.
- Courtney Charisma: my strong willed 1 1/2 yr old's name, very unique, but quite beautiful. Also the name of a perfume.
Courtney was originally an English surname which either came from the French place name Courtenay (derived from Latin curtinus meaning "short"), or else from the nickname court-nez which means "short-nose." As a boys' name it has been in use since the 17th century. As a girls' name, it was probably first used in the book Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore, in which the female protagonist is named Courtney Farrell. Although this book was published in 1956, Courtney didn't become popular for girls until the 1970s in the USA.
See Also: Courtney (boy)
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