Curtis is a common given name and surname of English origin derived from the Old French "curteis," which means 'polite, courteous, or well-bred.'[1] It's related with the spanish and portuguese surname Cortes. It was brought to England (and subsequently, the rest of the Isles) via the Norman Conquest. This is evidence to suggest the name itself is a phonetic corruption of Curthose, the nickname ascribed to Robert II or also Curtmantle, the surname used by Henry II, the first of England's Plantagenet kings. It could also be a variation of the established medieval surname, Curthoys. Though it is unclear whether "Curtis" and "Curtiss" are directly related, the latter is also considered here for convenience.

Surname uses: Curtis


Fictional characters

Surname uses: Curtiss


Given name uses: Curtis


Fictional characters

  • Curtis Manning, a fictional character played by Jamaican/Canadian actor Roger Cross as part of the television series 24
  • Curtis, a fictional character played by actor Spencer Breslin as part of 'The Santa Clause 2+3'
  • Curtis Wilkins, a fictional character from the comic strip Curtis
  • Curtis (Stargate), a recurring character in Stargate Universe
  • Curtis Donovan, a fictional character played by actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as part of the UK television series Misfits



  1. ^ Percy Hide Reaney, Richard Middlewood Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (1991), p. 121.

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