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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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The surname Ortega was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.

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


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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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  • Lorraine Ortega, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1980
  • Juan Ortega, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • John Ortega (b. 1941), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 2004, 2008
  • Danny Ortega Jr., American politician, Mayor of Douglas, Arizona, 2013
  • Daniel R. Ortega Jr., American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Arizona, 1996; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000, 2004
  • Armand Ortega, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1972
  • Angelita Ortega, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988
  • Lotario Ortega, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1956
  • Mary Rose Ortega, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988, 1996, 2000
  • Mike Rivera Ortega, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 24th District, 2002

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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  7. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. 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.

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