Cortez History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Cortez family

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

Early History of the Cortez family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cortez research. Another 69 words (5 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.

Cortez Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Cortez family (pre 1700)

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.

United States Cortez migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cortez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jua Cortez, aged 38, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • Maria DeLaCruz Rodrigues Cortez, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Espilsa Cortez, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 [1]
  • Genovera Cortez, aged 23, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1835 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cortez (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Alberto Cortez (1940-2019), born José Alberto García Gallo, an Argentine singer and songwriter
  • 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)
  • Dewon Cortez Brazelton (b. 1980), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2002 to 2006

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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