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Where did the Spanish Hurtado family come from? What is the Spanish Hurtado family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hurtado family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hurtado family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hurtado family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Hurtado is a nickname type of surname for a person who was kidnapped, imprisoned or known as the escaped one. This name is derived from the Spanish word hurtar, and the Late Latin word furtare, which mean to rob, conceal, or steal.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hurtado, Furtado and others.

First found in Castile, prominent among the northern Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurtado research. Another 360 words(26 lines of text) covering the year 1109 is included under the topic Early Hurtado History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hurtado Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Bartolomé Hurtado, a soldier who accompanied Pedro Arias Dávila to Darien (Panama) and Hernán Cortés to Guatemala and Costa Rica
  • Rodrigo Hurtado, who arrived with his brother in America in 1511
  • Alonso Hurtado, who settled in Veragua in 1535
  • Juan Hurtado, who arrived in Guatemala in 1538
  • Mencía Hurtado, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1538


Hurtado Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio Hurtado, who settled in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Antonio Hurtado, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Ines Hurtado, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rodrigo Hurtado, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Juan Hurtado, who arrived in America in 1816


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  • Aida Hurtado Ph.D., American Psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ferran Hurtado Ph.D., Spanish professor of Geometry at the Polytechnique University in Catalunya
  • Pablo Hurtado Ph.D., Spanish Research Associate with the Statistical Physics Group at the University of Granada
  • Cheo Hurtado (b. 1960), Venezuelan musician, one of the most celebrated virtuoso performers of the cuatro, whose extremely agile strumming technique is currently believed to be unsurpassed


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  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
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  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Hurtado Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hurtado Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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