Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ordaz 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. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and one of the most common patronymic suffix is "iz." The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The name Ordaz is derived from the Latin personal name Fortunio, which means fortunate.
Early Origins of the Ordaz family
Asturias, where the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula began in the eighth century. One of the earliest records of the family was Sancho Ordóñez (c. 895 - 929), King of Galicia from 926 and until his death in 929. He was the eldest son of Ordoño II, (c. 873-924) who king of Galicia from 910, and king of Galicia and León from 914 until his death.
Later, Sancho Ordóñez (before 1042- c.1080), a count who lived in the 11th-century. His father was Ordoño Bermúdez, an illegitimate son of King Bermudo II of León.
Early History of the Ordaz family
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Ordaz Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ortiz, Hortiz, Fortiz, Fortes, Hortóñez, Hortoñez, Ordóñez, Ordoñez and many more.
Early Notables of the Ordaz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ordaz family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francisco Ortiz de Vergara, a conquistador from Seville who accompanied Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1542. Juan Ortiz de Zárate, who traveled to Peru and eventually to Argentina, became Governor of Buenos Aires in 1575. He introduced the first herds of beef cattle into Argentina, as well as the first goats, sheep and horses. This livestock became the basis for Argentina's important cattle industry, and helped to develop the legendary gauchos of the Pampas, or great plains, of that country. Other members of the family who were early emigrants to Spain's colonies in the New World included Francisco, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1560.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ordaz (post 1700)
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