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Spelling variations include: Ortega, Ortego, de Ortega, Hortega, de Hortega, Ortiga, Ortegal, Ortigal, Ortiguera, Ortigosa and many more.
First found in Castile, in north central Spain.
Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Among the early explorers of the New World was Juan de Ortega, who voyaged to Río de la Plata with Pedro de Mendoza in the early years of discovery. He later travelled to Asunción in Paraguay, where he died around 1575. Other early migrants to the New World bearing this surname were: Antón de Ortega, who sailed to America in 1511.
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