Courtney or Courtenay came to England with the Norman Conquest in 1066. There various places in Northern France named Courtenay, as well as the Courtenay family being an important dynasty in the Middle Ages, both in France and in England, where they are the Earls of Devon. Courtney has also been associated with the French nickname 'court nez' meaning short or snub-nosed. Short-nosed.
Of the Court.
Famous female bearers include musician Courtney Love, actress Courtney Cox and actress Courtney Thorne-Smith. A male bearer is musician Courtney Taylor-Taylor.
"She has shuch a cute, Courtney nose!"
"My wife, Courtney is the most beautiful and talented woman you will ever meet!"