Last name origins & meanings:
- Dutch and North German: nickname for a short person, from
Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kort ‘short’.
(Körte): Westphalian variant of the personal name
- German: from Sorbian khort ‘hunting dog’,
hence possibly a nickname for someone resembling the animal in some
way or for someone who kept hunting dogs.
(Körte): from körte ‘pear’, a metonymic
occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit.
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