Show ContentsFurtado History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Furtado family

The surname Furtado was first found in Castile, prominent among the northern Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.

Early History of the Furtado family

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Furtado Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hurtado, Furtado and others.

Early Notables of the Furtado family (pre 1700)

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...
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Furtado Ranking

In the United States, the name Furtado is the 5,747th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Furtado migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Furtado Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Furtado, who landed in New York in 1797 [2]

West Indies Furtado migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Furtado Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Rachael Oroibo Furtado, who landed in Jamaica in 1743 [2]
  • Judith Orobio Furtado, who arrived in Jamaica in 1745 [2]
  • Ester Henriques Furtado, who arrived in Jamaica in 1747 [2]
  • Isaac Henriques Furtado, who landed in Jamaica in 1750 [2]
  • Isaac Henrique.z Furtado, who arrived in Jamaica in 1750 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Furtado (post 1700) +

  • Dolores Furtado, former American Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives
  • Juliana Furtado (b. 1967), American mountain biker
  • Tony Furtado (b. 1967), American banjo player and slide guitar, and singer/songwriter
  • Arlindo Gomes Furtado (b. 1949), the Italian Roman Catholic bishop of the Dicoese of Mindelo
  • Teresa Elizabeth Furtado (1845-1877), well-known British actress
  • Joaquim Furtado, Portuguese journalist, reporter, television anchor and documentary film director
  • Catarina Furtado (b. 1972), Portuguese television presenter, actress and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador
  • Celso Monteiro Furtado (1920-2004), important Brazilian economist
  • Andy Furtado (b. 1980), Costa Rican footballer
  • José Emílio Robalo Furtado (b. 1983), Portuguese footballer
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  2. 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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