Cortes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Noble surnames, such as Cortes, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Cortes, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.
Early Origins of the Cortes family
The surname Cortes was first found in Aragon, an important Christian kingdom of mediaeval Spain.
Early History of the Cortes family
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Cortes Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cortés, Cortes, Cortesía, Cortesia, Cortez and many more.
Early Notables of the Cortes family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Cortes is the 1,627th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Cortes is ranked the 1,406th most popular surname with an estimated 4,077 people with that name. 
| Cortes migration to the United States ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cortes Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Alonso Cortés, who immigrated to America in 1513
- Pedro Cortés, who settled in New Spain in 1535
- Alonso Cortés, traveled to Hispaniola in 1537
- Hernán Cortés, conquistador of Mexico. Born in Medellin, Extremadura in 1485 he studied law at the University of Salamanca. In 1504 he first voyaged to the New World, journeying to Hispaniola, then later to Cuba. In 1519 Cortés, who landed in Mexico and within the space of two years had consolidated his control over the new territory. King Charles V named Cortés governor of Mexico, and in 1529 the King created the title of Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca in recognition of Cortés' accomplishments. Eventually Cortés returned to Spain and participated in other military ventures of the Spanish crown, notably an expedition against Algerian pirates in 1541. After an eventful military career, he died near Seville in 1547
- Juan Cortés, went to Peru in 1594
Cortes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Cortes, who landed in Virginia in 1637 
Cortes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joanes Cortes, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 
Cortes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alonso Cortes, who landed in America in 1812 
- Juan Cortes, who arrived in America in 1813 
- P Cortes, aged 50, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1825 
- Pero Cortes, who arrived in America in 1827 
- Marichino Cortes, aged 22, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Cortes (post 1700) ||+|
- Carlos Cortés, American university professor
- Camilo Blanes Cortés (1946-2019), known professionally as Camilo Sesto, was a Spanish singer
- Hernán Cortés (1485-1547), Spanish conquistador who led to the fall of the Aztec Empire
- Fernando Holgado Cortés Ph.D., Spanish Professor of Mathematics at the University of Madrid
- Erlinda Cortes (1924-2015), born Mary Boone, Filipina actress, known for Isinanlang pag-ibig (1951), Hagibis (1947) and He Promised to Return (1950)
- Fernando Cortés, Mexican surgeon and educator
- Diego Cortes Asencio (b. 1931), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Colombia (1977-1980) and United States Ambassador to Brazil (1983-1886)
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)