Kurt

Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Germ/Eng (KURT)

The name was originally a diminutive form of Konrad and has been used as an independent given name since at least the 18th-century.

Kurt and Curt has experienced prevalent usage in English-speaking countries, particularly in the United States. The highest it ranked was in 1964, when it came in as the 109th most popular male name. As of 2010, it does not appear in the U.S. top 1000.

It has recently been brought to the attention through the Fox series, Glee being the name of one of its protagonists, Kurt Hummel.

Kurt is currently the 246th most popular male name in Germany, (2011). Another spelling is Curt.

Kurt is also occasionally used in the Czech Republic.

Coincidentally, the name is also used in Turkey, being from the Turkish word for wolf. Its Turkmen cognate is Gurt and its Bashkir is Kort.

 

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Conrad, Cord, Kurt & Koen

It sounds like it could be the name of a law firm, but all of the above are derivatives of the Germanic name Conrad.

Conrad is composed of the Germanic elements, kuoni (brave) and rad (counsel). It was borne by a 10th-century Bavarian saint, and his name has left its mark on Catholic Germany since. In fact, it was a very popular name in Medieval Germany and Konrad has seemed to have been so common that the proverb Hinz und Kunz (the equivalent of the English, Every Tom, Dick & Harry) was created.

It was also borne by several illustrious German kings and dukes.

Conrad is still a fairly common name  modern Germany and is currently rising in popularity in the United States. As of 2010, it was the 772nd most popular male name. Its Dutch diminutive form of Koen has recently appeared in the U.S. top 1000, coming in as the 940th most popular male name (2010). In the Netherlands, Koen ranks significantly higher, he is the 39th most popular male name (2010). In English, it is pronounced (KOH-en) like the common Jewish surname, while in Dutch it is pronounced (KOON).

In 2009, Konrad was the 44th most popular male name in Poland.

The once popular Kurt and the newly introduced Cord are also Germanic contractions.

Other forms of the name include the following:

Conráu (Asturian)
Korrada (Basque)
Konrad Конрад (Belarusian/Bulgarian/Estonian/Finnish/Polish/Scandinavian/Slovene/Ukrainian/Russian)
Conradí (Catalan)
Conradu (Corsican)
Konrád (Czech/Hungarian/Slovak)
Coenraad (Dutch)
Kiefer (Dutch)
Koenraad (Dutch)
Konradijn/Conradijn (Dutch)
Kuber (Dutch)
Conrad (English/French/German/Swedish)
Konradin (German: archaic)
Kunó (Hungarian)
Konráður (Icelandic)
Corrado (Italian)
Corradino (Italian: archaic)
Konrads (Latvian)
Konradas (Lithuanian)
Kondrat (Polish: archaic)
Conrado (Portuguese/Spanish)
Corràdu (Sardinian)
Currado (Sicilian)
Curradino (Sicilian)

In German, Conrad/Konrad has a plethora of diminutives such as: Cohen, Conni, Conz, Curd, Keno, Koni, Konni, Konz, Kord, Kuno and Kuntz.

Feminine forms include:

Conradine/Konradine (German/Norwegian)
Corrada (Italian)
Corradina (Italian)
Konradyna (Polish)

The designated name-days are: February 14 (Poland), February 19 (Poland), April 21 (Hungary & Poland), June 1 (Poland), August 1 (Poland), October 4 (Poland), November 12 (Estonia & Poland), November 21 (Poland) and November 26 (Poland & Germany).

Source

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/conrad