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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.

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The surname Cortez was first found in Aragon, an important Christian kingdom of mediaeval Spain.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cortez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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  • 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
  • Sergei Cortez (1935-2016), Belarusian composer
  • 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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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    3. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    5. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. 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.

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