Furtado 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...
In the United States, the name Furtado is the 5,747th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Furtado Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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. 
Furtado Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century