Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname for a refined person, sometimes no doubt
given ironically, from Old French, Middle English curteis,
co(u)rtois ‘refined’, ‘accomplished’ (a derivative of Old
French court, see Court 1).
- English: from Middle
English curt ‘short’ + hose ‘leggings’, hence a nickname
for a short person or one who wore short stockings. This nickname was borne by William the Conqueror’s
son Robert, but it is not clear whether it has given rise to any
- Altered form of French Courtois.
Famous people with this last name:
Jamie Lee Curtis
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