Ortiz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ortiz 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 Ortiz is derived from the Latin personal name Fortunio, which means fortunate.

Early Origins of the Ortiz family

The surname Ortiz was first found in 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 Ortiz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ortiz research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1227, 1455, 1503, 1500, 1480, 1520, 1508, 1510, 1570 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Ortiz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ortiz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Ortiz family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were García Ordóñez, Count of Nájera in the late eleventh century; Garci Ordóñez de Villamayor, a twelfth century Aragonese nobleman; Elfa Ortiz, a noblewoman of Albarracin and her son García (in 1227 his brother was betrothed to the daughter of the King of Navarre; if his brother died García would marry her). Also of note were Alonso Ortiz (1455-1503), a Spanish humanist writer, Canon of Toledo in 1500; Bartolomé Ordóñez (c. 1480-1520), a Spanish sculptor who lived much of his life...
Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ortiz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ortiz World Ranking

In the United States, the name Ortiz is the 120th most popular surname with an estimated 186,525 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Ortiz is ranked the 1,594th most popular surname with an estimated 3,733 people with that name. [2] And in South America, the name Ortiz is the 37th popular surname with an estimated 97 people with that name. [3]


United States Ortiz migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ortiz Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Francisco Ortiz de Vergara, a conquistador from Seville who accompanied Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1542
  • Catalina Ortiz, who landed in Guatemala in 1560
  • María Ortiz, settled in Honduras in 1563
  • Pedro Ortiz, who arrived in Chile in 1565
  • Cristóbal Ortiz, settled in Venezuela in 1565
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ortiz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Ortiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [4]
  • Romualdo Ortiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [4]
  • Isabel Ortiz, who landed in America in 1811 [4]
  • Bernardino Ortiz, who arrived in America in 1812 [4]
  • Cristobal Ortiz, who arrived in America in 1813 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Ortiz 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. [5]
Ortiz Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Alonso Ortiz, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1835 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ortiz (post 1700) +

  • Dianna Mae Ortiz (1958-2021), American Roman Catholic sister of the Ursuline order from Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Emmanuel Ortiz (b. 1974), Chicano/Puerto Rican/Irish-American activist and poet
  • Deborah Ortiz (b. 1957), American politician, state senator from California
  • Carlos Ortiz Longo (b. 1962), Puerto Rican-American health care manager for NASA
  • Humberto "Beto" Ortiz Pajuelo (b. 1978), Peruvian-American journalist, TV personality, and writer
  • Ana Alicia Ortiz (b. 1956), Mexican-born, American actress, best known for her role on the soap opera Falcon Crest
  • Simon Ortiz (b. 1941), American poet and writer
  • Solomon Porfirio Ortiz (b. 1937), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives, from Texas
  • David Ortiz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972 [6]
  • Bobby Ortiz, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 1994 [6]
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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