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Where did the Spanish Ortega family come from? What is the Spanish Ortega family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ortega family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ortega family history?

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Ortega. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the 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 were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ortega, Ortego, de Ortega, Hortega, de Hortega, Ortiga, Ortegal, Ortigal, Ortiguera, Ortigosa and many more.

First found in Castile, in north central Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ortega research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1492, 1492, 1701, 1702 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Ortega History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 169 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ortega Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Antón de Ortega, who sailed to America in 1511
  • Cristóbal de Ortega, went to America in 1512
  • Mayor de Ortega, went to America in 1516
  • Pedro de Ortega, settled in Venezuela in 1534
  • Juan de Ortega Tirado, landed in Río de la Plata in 1535


Ortega Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Captain Francisco Ortega, who explored and charted the California coastline in the 1600s

Ortega Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Isabel De Ortega, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Francisco Ortega, who arrived in America in 1815
  • Mayor De Ortega, who landed in America in 1816
  • Cristobal De Ortega, who arrived in America in 1816
  • Thomas Ortega, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829


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  • Oscar J Ortega, prominent American rancher
  • James Ortega, American engineering company executive
  • Deborah L Ortega, American government official
  • Blanca Rosa Ortega, American accountant and professor
  • José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist
  • Braulio Atienza Ortega (b. 1925), Spanish doctor
  • Onésimo Redondo Ortega, Spanish politician
  • Manuel Ortega, Spanish singer and actor who frequently performed with his daughter Luisa Ortega
  • Juan Ortega y Rubio, Spanish historian
  • Domingo Ortega, Spanish bullfighter

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  1. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Ortega Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ortega 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.

This page was last modified on 24 August 2015 at 03:00.

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