sexta-feira, 4 de março de 2011

Name In Coffin: Courtney

Courtney is a name of English origin meaning "domain of Curtis". However, it first came to England from France (Normandy), and was spelt Courtenay, back in the Middle Ages.

Courtney was of male origin, but has since several decade ago become unisex. Right now, with so many female celebrities named after it, like Courtney Thorne-Smith, Courteney Cox, Courtney Love and Kourtney Kardashian, it probably won't be turning blue anytime soon. The most popular male sponsor of the name might be artist Courtney Taylor-Taylor.

Here is how Courtney has performed for boys:

It has been around since the first chart back in the 1800s, peaked in the 1980s at #278 when it was rapidly climbing for girls too, and started dropping every year since until it dropped out completely in 2002.

Courtney is a name I can still imagine on a boy, plus the nickname Court sounds more boy-ish than most nicknames around. However with Kourtney Kardashian reinvigorating the name for girls at the moment, I just can't see it returning for boys in the near future.

Here are some alternative spellings of the name: Cortney, Kortney, Courtenay, Kourtenay, Kourtney, Courteney, Courtny, Kourtny, Courtnee, Courtnie, Kourtnee, Kourtnie.

Similar sounding names are: Court, Cort, Curtis, Kurt, Fortney, Whitney, Coryden, Corey, Gorten.

2 comentários:

  1. Funny - I've run into a little boy called Courtney. It was in the South, and they were clearly Southern, so I'm sure it was the influence of family naming traditions. Ever since then, I've thought that I would really love to meet more little boys called Courtney - though I doubt it will happen, with all of the famous Courtneys you've mentioned - to say nothing of Miss Kardashian.

  2. I do know a couple of men named Courtney, so I can still picture it on a boy. However for most people I think the name does seem more feminine.

    If you do a search of the name Courtney, Kourtney, Kortney... on facebook, you'll notice than the male ones are mostly african-american. I tend to think that community is more attatched to these kind of names, like Aubrey, Avery, Kenley, Dominique, etc. It would definitely make an interesting study.