Its source is Courtenay, a Norman French name meaning "Domain of Curtius."
The name Cortney ranked 863rd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 1008th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
This is the surname of an aristocratic British family whose ancestors originated in Courtenay in northern France.
That place name is based on a Latin personal name meaning ''short,'' so it was not entirely inappropriate for people to have associated this name with the sound-alike French phrase court nez, meaning ''short nose,'' as they did long after the family had left its ancestral home.