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

Noble surnames, such as Cortez, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Cortez, 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.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cortés, Cortes, Cortesía, Cortesia, Cortez, Corte and others.

First found in Aragon, an important Christian kingdom of mediaeval Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cortez research. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1551, 1648 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Cortez History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cortez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cortez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jua Cortez, aged 38, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Maria DeLaCruz Rodrigues Cortez, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Espilsa Cortez, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • Genovera Cortez, aged 23, landed in New Orleans, La in 1835


  • Carlos Cortez (1923-2005), American poet, graphic artist, photographer, muralist and political activist
  • Angela Cortez, American journalist
  • Dave "Baby" Cortez Sr. (b. 1938), stage name of David Cortez Clowney, American pop and R&B organist and pianist
  • Jayne Cortez (b. 1936), African-American poet
  • Raul Christiano Machado Cortez (1932-2006), Brazilian actor
  • Jose Cortez (b. 1975), American NFL football place-kicker
  • Ricardo Cortez (1899-1977), American silent film star who appeared in over 100 films, best known for his portrayal as Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon (1931)


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  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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The Cortez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cortez 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.

This page was last modified on 19 December 2014 at 11:35.

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