Where did the Spanish Ortiz family come from? What is the Spanish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Ortiz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
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.
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.
Some noteworthy people of the name Ortiz
* Solomon P. Ortiz, American Congressman
* A. Domínguez Ortiz, Spanish historian
* Francisco Pradilla y Ortiz, Spanish painter
* Carlos Ortiz, World Champion boxer
* David Ortiz (b. 1975), Dominican Republic born Major League Baseball player.
* Luis Ortiz, Puerto Rico Olympic boxer
* Oliverio "Baby" Ortiz, professional baseball player