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Word/name  Norman, Old French
Region of origin  England
Gender  Unisex, originally male, now both male and female name
Related names  Cortney, Courteney, Courtenay, Kourtney, "Cortnay"

Surname origin

This name is of Old French origin, introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It has two quite distinct interpretations: firstly, the surname may be locational, from places called Courtenay in the regions of Loiret and Gâtinais The House of Courtenay was a significant French family with close association with both the French, and thereby, English Royal lines; in England the Courtenays were Earls of Devon.


In some cases, bearers of the surname may be of Irish descent, since Courtney is also an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O'Curnain", descendant of Curnan, from an Old Irish personal name of obscure origins. Recordings of the name from London Church Registers include: the christening of Thomas Courtney at All Hallows, London Wall, on 11 November 1569, and the marriage of William Courtney and Mary Lucas on 22 March 1590, at St Dunstan's, Stepney. John Courtney and his wife, Sybill, were early immigrants to America, leaving London on the "Paule" in July 1635, bound for Virginia. An early coat of arms granted to the family depicts a blue fesse between three torteaux on a gold shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald de Curtenay, which was dated 1164, in "Feudal Documents from the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds", Suffolk, during the reign of King Henry II.

People surnamed Courtney

  • Beth Courtney (born 1945), president and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting
  • Brendan Courtney, Irish television presenter
  • Bryce Courtenay (1933–2012), Australian novelist
  • Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon (born 1975), American attorney
  • Charles E. Courtney (1849–1920), American rower and rowing coach
  • Dave Courtney (born 1959), British author and self-proclaimed ex-gangster
  • Duane Courtney (born 1985), English footballer
  • Ernie Courtney (1875–1920), American baseball player
  • Hazel Courteney, British journalist specialising in alternative health and spiritual issues
  • Henry A. Courtney, Jr. (1916–1945), US Marine Corps Reserve officer during World War II and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon (1942–2015), British peer
  • Jack Courtney (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Jacqueline Courtney (born 1946), American actor
  • Courtney Trail Squash player, NZ
  • Jai Courtney (born 1986), Australian actor
  • James Courtney (born 1980), Australian racing driver
  • James Courtney (New Zealand) (1888–1934), New Zealand Military Cross recipient; great-uncle of Mel Courtney
  • Jan Niecisław Baudouin de Courtenay (1845–1929), Polish linguist, creator of the idea of the phoneme
  • Janet E. Courtney (1865–1954), British scholar, writer and feminist
  • Joe Courtney (politician) (born 1953), American lawyer and Democratic politician
  • Joel Courtney (born 1996), American film actor
  • John Courtney (disambiguation), multiple people
  • Jon Courtney (1918–1997)
  • Joscelin I of Courtenay (Joscelin I, Count of Edessa) (?-1131), Count of Edessa
  • Joscelin II of Courtenay, (Joscelin II, Count of Edessa) (?-1159), fourth and last ruling count of Edessa
  • Kent Courtney (1918–1997), American politician
  • Leonard Courtney, 1st Baron Courtney of Penwith (1832–1918), British politician and man of letters
  • Lou Courtney (born 1943), American musician
  • Margaret Courtenay, 15th-century English noblewoman
  • Mel Courtney, New Zealand Independent politician; great-nephew of James Courtney of New Zealand
  • Nicholas Courtney (1929–2011), British television actor
  • Pip Courtney, Australian journalist and television presenter
  • Robert Courtney (born 1952), American pharmacist convicted of fraud
  • Roger Courtney, British military officer influential in the establishment of the Special Boat Service
  • Stephanie Courtney (born 1970), American actor and comedian
  • Steven Courtney (born 1955), British scientist
  • Sue Courtenay (b. ca 1975), Belizean architect
  • Tom Courtenay, English actor
  • Tom Courtney (born 1933), former American athlete
  • William Courtenay (c. 1342–1396), English prelate
  • William Harrison Courtney (born 1944), American diplomat
  • William Leonard Courtney (1850–1928), English author
  • Courtney as given name

    Courtney was used as a given name for men beginning at least as far back as the 17th Century (e.g. the British Member of Parliament Sir Courtney Pool, 1677). As a given name for women, however, it gained wide acceptance only in the years following the 1956 publication of the novel "Chocolates for Breakfast" by Pamela Moore, whose protagonist Courtney Farrell sometimes wishes she had been born a man.


  • Courtney Babcock (born 1972), Canadian runner
  • Courtney Barnett (born 1987), Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Courteney Cox (born 1964), American actress
  • Courtney Rachel Culkin (born 1983), American model
  • Courtney Cummz (born 1981), stage name of American erotic actress Chrissy Carpenter
  • Courtney Ekmark, American basketball player
  • Courtney Friel (born 1980), American television presenter
  • Courtney Gibbs (born 1966), Miss USA 1988
  • Courtney Hansen (born 1974), American actress, television personality, syndicated columnist, and model
  • Kourtney Hansen (born 1980), American actress, radio personality
  • Courtney Halverson (born 1989), American actress
  • Courtney Hicks (born 1995), American figure skater
  • Courtney Jines (born 1992), American actress
  • Kourtney Kardashian (born 1979), American media personality
  • Courtney Kennedy (born 1979), American ice hockey player
  • Courtney Knight, Canadian Paralympics athlete
  • Courtney Kupets (born 1986), American gymnast
  • Courtney Love (born 1964), American rock musician and actress
  • Courtney Marie Andrews (born 1990), American singer-songwriter
  • Courtney McCool (born 1988), American gymnast
  • Courtney Meldrum (born 1977), American long-distance runner
  • Courtney Nagle (born 1982), American professional tennis player
  • Courtney Niemiec (born 1992), American soccer player
  • Courtney Paris (born 1987), American basketball player
  • Courtney Parker (born 1985), American singer living in Greece
  • Courtney Peldon (born 1981), American television and film actress
  • Courtney C. Radsch (born 1979), American journalist
  • Courtney Rush (born 1983), Canadian professional wrestler
  • Courtney Simpson (born 1985), American erotic actress
  • Courtney Stodden (born 1994), American television personality
  • Courtenay Taylor (born 1969), American actress
  • Courtney Thompson (born 1984), American volleyball player
  • Courtney Thorne-Smith (born 1967), American actress
  • Courtney Vandersloot (born 1989), American basketball player
  • Courtney Webb (born 1988), British actress and writer
  • Male

  • Courtney Act (born 1981) stage name of Shane Jenek, Australian drag queen
  • Courtney Alexander (born 1977), American basketball player
  • Courtney Anderson (born 1980), American football player
  • Sir Courtney Blackman, Barbadian economist, business consultant and diplomat
  • Edward Courtney Boyle (1883–1967), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Courtney Brown, American social scientist and proponent of remote viewing
  • Courtney Brown (born 1978), American football player
  • Courtney Browne (born 1970), West Indian cricketer
  • Charles Courtney Curran (1861–1942), American Impressionist painter
  • William Courtney Dowling (born 1944), American author and social critic
  • Courtney Gains (born 1965), American actor
  • Courtenay Gonsalves (1950–2013), Guyanese cricketer
  • Lawrence Courtney Haines (known as Courtney) (c.1920-1996), Australian ornithologist
  • Courtney Hodges (1887–1966), United States Army general
  • Courtney Lawes (born 1989), English rugby union player
  • Courtney Lee (born 1985), American basketball player
  • Courtney Lewis (born 1984), British conductor
  • Courtney Murphy (born 1979), contestant in the 2004 season of the Australian reality television series Australian Idol
  • John Courtney Murray (1904–1967), Jesuit theologian
  • Courtney Pine (born 1964), British jazz musician
  • Courtney Pitt (born 1981), English footballer
  • Courtney Robinson (born 1986), American football player
  • Courtney Roby (born 1983), American football player
  • Courtney Solomon (born 1971), Canadian film director
  • Courtney Taylor-Taylor (born 1967), American songwriter, singer and guitarist
  • Courtney B. Vance (born 1960), American actor
  • Courtney Walsh (born 1962), West Indian cricketer
  • Courtney Watson (born 1980), American football player
  • Courtney Whitney (1897–1969), American lawyer and Army commander
  • Fictional characters

  • Courtney Chetwynde, from D.J. MacHale's Pendragon series
  • Courtney Crimson, character in Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Courtney Crumrin, character in a comic book series written and illustrated by Ted Naifeh and released through Oni Press
  • Courtney Farrell, protagonist of the 1956 best-seller Chocolates for Breakfast
  • Courtney Gripling, character on Nickelodeon animated series As Told By Ginger
  • Sergeant Hatred, character on the animated series The Venture Bros., whose real name is Courtney Haine
  • Courtney Heironimus, mobile suit pilot from the fictional Gundam metaseries
  • Courtney A. Krieger (Cover Girl (G.I. Joe)), character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero themed toy line of the 1980s
  • Courtney Matthews, heroine on ABC soap opera General Hospital
  • Courtney Mitchell, character in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders
  • Courtney Ross, fictional character from Marvel Comics
  • Courtney Whitmore, superheroine Stargirl in the DC Comics Universe
  • Courtney Lane, a character from the Nickelodeon TV movie Spectacular!
  • Courtney Wall, an important supporting character in the arcade game Dark Escape 4D.
  • Courtney, a contestant from a show called Total Drama in four seasons.
  • References

    Courtney Wikipedia

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