Curtis

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Curtis

"Curtis" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Courteous". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English botanical writer and publisher (1746-1799)
Wiktionary

From Old French corteis and curteis (Modern French courtois (“polite”)), meaning courteous.

  1. An English surname​, originally a nickname for a refined or courtly person.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Curtis

50 is an entrepreneur, investor, actor, record producer, film producer, television producer, rapping, and rapper. He holds the title How to Rob". He has been prominent since 1998. 50 was given the name Curtis James Jackson III on July 6th, 1975 in South Jamaica, Queens, New York.

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Curtis was born on October 1st, 1979 in Champlin, Minnesota. Curtis is also known as Hennig, Joseph; Hennig, Joe; McGillicutty, and Michael.

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Curtis Mayfield was a soul music, chicago soul, funk, rhythm, blues, rock music, gospel music, psychedelic soul, and jazz musician. He plays Fender Stratocaster. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to 1999. Curtis was given the name Curtis Lee Mayfield on June 3rd, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He left this life on December 26th, 1999.

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Ken Curtis was an actor and singer. He was most active from 1941 to 1991. Ken was given the name Curtis Wain Gates on July 2nd, 1916 in Lamar, Prowers County, Colorado, United States. He breathed his last breath on April 28th, 1991.

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Curtis LeMay is a military person. His military service ended in 1965.

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Curtis Lazar is a hockey player for the Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey League. His ongoing career started in 2014. Curtis was born on February 2nd, 1995 in Salmon Arm.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is an actress, author, and blogger. She was most prominent from 1977 to present. Jamie was born as the child of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh on November 22nd, 1958 in Santa Monica, California, U.S. Jamie is also known as The Scream Queen.

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Tony Curtis was an actor. His career lasted from 1948 to 2010. Tony was given the name Bernard Schwartz on June 3rd, 1925 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. He left this life on September 29th, 2010.

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Ian Curtis was a post-punk musician. He plays Electric guitar, Melodica, Synthesizer, Vox Phantom, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1976. Ian was given the name Ian Kevin Curtis on July 15th, 1956 in Stretford, Lancashire, England. He breathed his last breath on May 18th, 1980.

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Adam Curtis is a documentary filmmaker. He was most active from 1983 to present. Adam was given the name Martin Adam John Curtis in Dartford.

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Cliff Curtis is an actor. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Cliff was given the name Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis on July 27th, 1968 in Rotorua.

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Ken Curtis was an actor and singer. He was most active from 1941 to 1991. Ken was given the name Curtis Wain Gates on July 2nd, 1916 in Lamar, Prowers County, Colorado, United States. He breathed his last breath on April 28th, 1991.

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How popular is the baby name Curtis in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 68 0 68
1881 72 0 72
1882 70 0 70
1883 53 0 53
1884 73 0 73
1885 70 0 70
1886 72 0 72
1887 61 0 61
1888 89 0 89
1889 67 0 67
1890 86 0 86
1891 62 0 62
1892 83 0 83
1893 80 0 80
1894 96 8 88
1895 89 0 89
1896 107 0 107
1897 102 0 102
1898 134 6 128
1899 108 5 103
1900 154 10 144
1901 119 5 114
1902 140 11 129
1903 146 8 138
1904 149 5 144
1905 188 6 182
1906 182 5 177
1907 220 12 208
1908 213 10 203
1909 254 10 244
1910 288 11 277
1911 331 10 321
1912 581 15 566
1913 693 17 676
1914 931 16 915
1915 1,081 23 1,058
1916 1,196 22 1,174
1917 1,262 19 1,243
1918 1,374 39 1,335
1919 1,377 31 1,346
1920 1,474 31 1,443
1921 1,515 36 1,479
1922 1,571 24 1,547
1923 1,572 33 1,539
1924 1,567 38 1,529
1925 1,541 21 1,520
1926 1,653 27 1,626
1927 1,616 29 1,587
1928 1,958 38 1,920
1929 1,979 34 1,945 #99 boy name
1930 1,760 37 1,723
1931 1,651 16 1,635
1932 1,805 32 1,773
1933 1,711 32 1,679
1934 1,870 25 1,845
1935 1,777 26 1,751
1936 1,824 27 1,797
1937 1,816 25 1,791
1938 2,020 17 2,003
1939 2,027 16 2,011 #98 boy name
1940 2,134 31 2,103 #97 boy name
1941 2,182 18 2,164 #100 boy name
1942 2,446 28 2,418 #98 boy name
1943 2,556 31 2,525 #100 boy name
1944 2,500 35 2,465 #97 boy name
1945 2,422 29 2,393 #97 boy name
1946 2,740 20 2,720 #99 boy name
1947 3,064 27 3,037 #99 boy name
1948 3,112 22 3,090
1949 3,120 32 3,088 #97 boy name
1950 3,230 21 3,209 #97 boy name
1951 3,744 30 3,714 #91 boy name
1952 4,195 20 4,175 #86 boy name
1953 4,380 26 4,354 #86 boy name
1954 4,630 34 4,596 #84 boy name
1955 5,013 37 4,976 #79 boy name
1956 5,191 33 5,158 #80 boy name
1957 5,391 52 5,339 #80 boy name
1958 5,303 43 5,260 #82 boy name
1959 5,556 31 5,525 #75 boy name
1960 5,409 42 5,367 #79 boy name
1961 5,478 39 5,439 #75 boy name
1962 5,607 33 5,574 #73 boy name
1963 5,401 30 5,371 #72 boy name
1964 5,091 27 5,064 #74 boy name
1965 4,729 39 4,690 #75 boy name
1966 4,262 19 4,243 #75 boy name
1967 3,992 25 3,967 #77 boy name
1968 3,880 28 3,852 #75 boy name
1969 3,709 29 3,680 #81 boy name
1970 3,644 29 3,615 #88 boy name
1971 3,452 24 3,428 #88 boy name
1972 3,109 31 3,078 #92 boy name
1973 2,710 18 2,692 #98 boy name
1974 2,606 15 2,591 #98 boy name
1975 2,345 15 2,330
1976 2,474 21 2,453
1977 2,637 31 2,606 #100 boy name
1978 2,854 27 2,827 #96 boy name
1979 3,228 26 3,202 #91 boy name
1980 3,358 26 3,332 #89 boy name
1981 3,221 28 3,193 #94 boy name
1982 2,968 28 2,940
1983 2,872 25 2,847 #100 boy name
1984 2,975 20 2,955 #96 boy name
1985 2,968 27 2,941 #98 boy name
1986 2,934 26 2,908 #100 boy name
1987 2,940 31 2,909 #100 boy name
1988 2,932 25 2,907
1989 2,984 20 2,964
1990 2,817 17 2,800
1991 2,600 10 2,590
1992 2,321 0 2,321
1993 2,104 7 2,097
1994 1,872 5 1,867
1995 1,715 6 1,709
1996 1,643 0 1,643
1997 1,496 0 1,496
1998 1,408 0 1,408
1999 1,269 0 1,269
2000 1,245 5 1,240
2001 1,124 0 1,124
2002 1,024 0 1,024
2003 905 0 905
2004 949 0 949
2005 959 0 959
2006 915 0 915
2007 951 0 951
2008 808 0 808
2009 766 0 766
2010 650 0 650
2011 623 0 623
2012 624 0 624
2013 584 0 584
2014 525 0 525
2015 541 0 541
2016 504 0 504
2017 427 0 427

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Popularity of Curtis as a first name

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Popularity of Curtis as a last name

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Common last names for Curtis

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Walker
  • Hill

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Curtis U.S.
  White 77.90% 64.26%
  African American 15.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.03% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Curtis

People with the last name Curtis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Curtis

  • What name lists does Curtis rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Curtis? Curtis is the 287th most popular name of all time. As a last name Curtis was the 309th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Curtis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 260,275 babies born with the first name Curtis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Curtis to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Curtis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 68 new born babies.
  • When was Curtis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Curtis is Monday, November 15th, 1830.
  • What year had the most people named Curtis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Curtis was in 1962 with a total of 5,574 babies. That's a lot of babies named Curtis!
  • Random Curtis Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Curtis ranks 66th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, 48 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Curtis: Your name in reverse order is Sitruc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uticrs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Curtis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 101,801 people with the last name Curtis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Curtis? Curtis was ranked as the 309th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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