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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.

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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ortiz research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1227, 1455, 1503, 1500, 1508, 1510, 1570 and 1545 are included under the topic Early Ortiz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 329 words (24 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ortiz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco Ortiz de Vergara, a conquistador from Seville who accompanied Alvar Núñez to Paraguay in 1542
  • Francisco Ortiz, who emigrated to Nicaragua in 1560
  • Catalina Ortiz, landed in Guatemala in 1560
  • María Ortiz, settled in Honduras in 1563
  • Pedro Ortiz, arrived in Chile in 1565


Ortiz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio Ortiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Romualdo Ortiz, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Isabel Ortiz, who landed in America in 1811
  • Bernardino Ortiz, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Cristobal Ortiz, who arrived in America in 1813


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  • Francis Vincent Ortiz Jr. (1926-2005), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, 1977-79; Grenada, 1977; Guatemala, 1979-80; Peru, 1981-83; Argentina, 1983-86
  • 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
  • David Ortiz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1972
  • Bobby Ortiz, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 1994
  • Arnulfo Ortiz, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 115th District, 1994
  • Angel Ortiz, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996, 2000

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  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Ortiz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ortiz 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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