History of the Name Curtis

The name Curtis was derived from an English surname. It’s a masculine name and as a surname, Curtis first began in England right after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Curtis was first used as a given name in the 11th century. William the Conqueror’s eldest son was named Robert Curthose, a form of Curtis.

Meaning of Curtis

Curtis has a French origin. It means manners, politeness, courteous,and well-bred.


In 2016, the name Curtis was ranked at 445th position in England and Wales. However, in 1996 Curtis was at its height at number 78th.

Famous People Named Curtis

Some famous people named Curtis use it as a surname. Charles Curtis was an English botanist. Chris Curtis was a member of the rock band The Searchers. Richard Curtis is a comedy writer in the British film industry. Curtis as a surname can be spelled with a double s such as Royal Airforce Officer John Curtiss. Alan Curtis was a Welsh international football player and football manager.

Some people use Curtis as a first name. Curtis Naughton is an English rugby player. Curtis Robb is a middle-distance runner representing Liverpool, England. Cutis Woodhouse is known for boxing and playing football and of course the singer Curtis Stigers.

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