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Where did the Ortiz coat of arms come from? When did the Ortiz family first arrive in the United States?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ortiz, Hortiz, Fortiz, Fortes, Hortóñez, Hortoñez, Ordóñez, Ordoñez and many more.

First found in Asturias, where the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula began in the eighth century.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Francisco Ortiz de Vergara, a conquistador from Seville who accompanied Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1542. Juan Ortiz de Zárate, who travelled 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.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Ortiz
  • Solomon Porfirio Ortiz (b. 1937), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives, from Texas
  • Simon Ortiz (b. 1941), American poet and writer
  • Ana Alicia Ortiz (b. 1956), Mexican-born, American actress, best known for her role on the soap opera Falcon Crest
  • Humberto "Beto" Ortiz Pajuelo (b. 1978), Peruvian-American journalist, TV personality, and writer
  • Carlos Ortiz Longo (b. 1962), Puerto Rican-American health care manager for NASA
  • Deborah Ortiz (b. 1957), American politician, state senator from California
  • Emmanuel Ortiz (b. 1974), Chicano/Puerto Rican/Irish-American activist and poet
  • Roberto María Ortiz (1886-1942), Argentine lawyer and politician, President of Argentina (1938-1942)
  • Juan Laurentino Ortiz (1896-1978), Argentine poet
  • Adalberto Ortiz (1914-2003), Ecuadorian novelist, poet and diplomat


Learn More About Spanish Surnames



Aragon, which is a region of northeastern Spain in the Iberian peninsula. Aragon has a proud cultural heritage and its own unique language. In 1137, the regions of Aragon and Catalonia united to form the Crown of Aragon, whose illustrious line of kings led the reconquest of the eastern peninsula from the Muslims. The Crown of Aragon extended its Mediterranean empire with the recapture of Mallorca in 1229 and Sicily in 1282 and it remained an important power throughout the Middle Ages. In 1469, King Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile and this union brought together the two most powerful kingdoms of Spain to create a united Spanish nation.



Following the decline of the Roman Empire, in the 5th century AD, the Visigoths came to control the peninsula. Part of the Visigothic legacy to Spanish civilization was the introduction of the institution of monarchy. Several centuries later, in 711, the Visigothic kingdom in Spain was invaded by Muslims. Aside from a nucleus of resistance which was maintained in the north, the Muslim victory was complete by the year 718.



Spain, which is presently a state that includes the Balearic and Canary Islands and is in southwestern Europe, was originally settled by the Iberians. In the first millennium BC, the Celts, who were from central Europe, invaded and began to mingle with the native Iberians. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts; however, they were replaced by the Romans by the 3rd century BC.



In 420, The Visigoths captured Spain from the Vandals and proudly returned it to Rome. Unfortunately, 18 years later the Suevi overran the peninsula.


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