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From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Hurtado 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 Hurtado 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.

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

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurtado research. Another 360 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1109 is included under the topic Early Hurtado History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hurtado Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Rodrigo Hurtado, who arrived with his brother in America in 1511
  • Alonso Hurtado, who settled in Veragua in 1535
  • Juan Hurtado, who arrived in Guatemala in 1538
  • Mencía Hurtado, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1538
  • Pedro Hurtado, who settled in the Dominican Republic in 1538


Hurtado Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio Hurtado, who settled in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Antonio Hurtado, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Ines Hurtado, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rodrigo Hurtado, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Juan Hurtado, who arrived in America in 1816


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  • Ralph Hurtado, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Alex Hurtado, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1972
  • Aida Hurtado Ph.D., American Psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Pablo Hurtado Ph.D., Spanish Research Associate with the Statistical Physics Group at the University of Granada
  • Ferran Hurtado Ph.D., Spanish professor of Geometry at the Polytechnique University in Catalunya
  • Miguel Ángel Villalta Hurtado (b. 1981), Peruvian footballer; he has made 28 appearances for the Peru national football team
  • Cheo Hurtado (b. 1960), Venezuelan musician, one of the most celebrated virtuoso performers of the cuatro, whose extremely agile strumming technique is currently believed to be unsurpassed


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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  4. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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The Hurtado Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hurtado Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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