From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Furtado 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. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Furtado is a nickname type of surname for a person who was kidnapped, imprisoned or known as the escaped one. This name is derived from the Spanish word hurtar, and the Late Latin word furtare, which mean to rob, conceal, or steal.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furtado research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1109 is included under the topic Early Furtado History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prominent among members of the family were thirteenth century noblewoman Leonor Hurtado; sixteenth century Spanish poet and humanist Diego Hurtado de Mendoza; sixteenth century Spanish poet, playwright and bookseller Luis Hurtado; seventeenth century... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Furtado Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
^ 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)
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