Show ContentsHurtado History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hurtado family

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

Early History of the Hurtado family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurtado research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1109 is included under the topic Early Hurtado History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hurtado Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hurtado family

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 Spanish writer Antonio Hurtado de Mendoza
  • seventeenth century Spanish officer Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera, Governor of Panama and later of the Philippines
  • nineteenth century Spanish dramatist, journalist and politician Antonio Hurtado y Valhondo

Hurtado Ranking

In the United States, the name Hurtado is the 2,576th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1]

United States Hurtado migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hurtado Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • 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
  • Andrés Hurtado de Mendoza, Marquis of Cañete and Viceroy of Peru traveled to America in 1552
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Hurtado Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Hurtado, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [2]
  • Ines Hurtado, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [2]
  • Rodrigo Hurtado, who arrived in America in 1811 [2]
  • Juan Hurtado, who arrived in America in 1816 [2]
  • Bartolomé Hurtado, a soldier who accompanied Pedro Arias Dávila to Darien (Panama) and Hernán Cortés to Guatemala and Costa Rica
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Hurtado 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]
Hurtado Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Pedro Hurtado, who settled in the Dominican Republic in 1538
Hurtado Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Pedro Hurtado, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1838 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hurtado (post 1700) +

  • Aida Hurtado Ph.D., American Psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ralph Hurtado, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [4]
  • Alex Hurtado, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1972 [4]
  • 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
  • Rodolfo Hurtado Duhart (1940-2005), Mexican artist, considered to be part of the “Intermediate Generation”
  • Oswaldo Hurtado Larrea, Ecuadorian politician, founder of the Ecuadorian Christian Democratic Party and former President of Ecuador
  • Diego Hurtado de Mendoza (1503-1575), Spanish politician of Basque

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook