From the historical and enchanting region of Spain
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Fortez 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. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and one of the most common patronymic suffix is "iz." The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Fortez is derived from the Latin personal name
Fortunio, which means fortunate.
Early Origins of the Fortez family
The surname Fortez was first found in Asturias
, where the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula began in the eighth century. One of the earliest records of the family was Sancho Ordóñez (c.
895 - 929), King of Galicia
from 926 and until his death in 929. He was the eldest son of Ordoño II, (c.
873-924) who king of Galicia
from 910, and king of Galicia
and León from 914 until his death.
Later, Sancho Ordóñez (before 1042- c.1080), a count who lived in the 11th-century. His father was Ordoño Bermúdez, an illegitimate son of King Bermudo II of León.
Early History of the Fortez family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fortez research.Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1227, 1455, 1503, 1500, 1480, 1520, 1508, 1510, 1570 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Fortez History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fortez Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ortiz, Hortiz, Fortiz, Fortes, Hortóñez, Hortoñez, Ordóñez, Ordoñez and many more.
Early Notables of the Fortez family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were García Ordóñez, Count of Nájera in the late eleventh century; Garci Ordóñez de Villamayor, a twelfth century Aragonese nobleman; Elfa Ortiz, a noblewoman of Albarracin and her son García (in 1227 his brother was betrothed to the daughter of the King of Navarre; if... Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fortez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fortez family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco Ortiz de Vergara, a conquistador from Seville who accompanied Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1542. Juan Ortiz de Zárate, who traveled to Peru and eventually to Argentina, became Governor of Buenos Aires in 1575. He introduced the first herds of beef cattle into Argentina, as well as the first goats, sheep and horses. This livestock became the basis for Argentina's important cattle industry, and helped to develop the legendary gauchos of the Pampas, or great plains, of that country. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Francisco, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1560.
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