Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Apple #358: Courtney

Your Apple Lady is ill. I don't know if I have a cold or the flu because I have symptoms of both: stuffy nose, aches. Sneezing, chills. Sore throat, fever. Anyway, I feel pretty lousy.

I think because of the fever, my brain has been coming up with some odd things. I got a phone call from someone who works for my landlord about my lease. Not exactly a soothing topic. But after I got off the phone with her, my brain wandered into thinking about her name, which is Courtney. My next door neighbor's name also happens to be Courtney. This struck me as an odd coincidence. I mean, you don't meet very many Courtneys.

  • It's an English name but it comes from a region in France called Courtenay or Courtney.
  • As a French word, you can break it up into court-nez, where court means "short" and nez which means "nose."
  • So the name means snub-nosed. Maybe that's why it's not very common.

Then I entertained myself by trying to think of other Courtneys. I came up with two.

Courtney Thorne-Smith

with her dogs, Ed on the left and Norman on the right
(Photo sourced from

Courteney Cox (variant spelling, but it still counts)

(Photo from

And I was reminded by sources online of Courtney Love

(Photo from the moreonmore blog)

Not a snub nose among them. Did I miss any other Courtneys?

I wonder what else will interest my brain in the next couple of days.

P.S. 3 hours later: I just got a sales call from someone selling me symphony tickets. She introduced herself, and her last name was Courtney. If there was a lottery where you bet on names instead of numbers, I would play Courtney today.

Parents Connect, Baby Names World, Courtney
Behind the Name, Courtney


  1. Courtney Thorne-Smith. My my. I used to have a crush on her.

  2. Courtney is also a man's name. There is a causeway that goes over Tampa Bay named after Courtney Campbell, a United States Representative from Florida. Oh, and there's a weird guy in my class named Courtney.

  3. Hmm, Jason, sounds like maybe you still do.

    And Jarred, my friend's husband is named Courtney, but I didn't mention him because he's not famous. Does the weird guy in your class have a snub nose?

  4. My sympathies on your illness- hope you feel better soon! Treat yourself to some Nyquil. That always gives one something pleasant to look forward to after a miserable day of being sick.

  5. A favorite name. I still have a huge crush on Courtney Thorne Smith. There is also, for womens and girls only, Courtney Peldon, (TV actress), Courtney Friel (CNN reporter) and another EXTREME variation-Kourtney, the famous Kardashian (for alliterative effect.):) Steve

  6. Hope you get better soon...


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