Cortes (surname)

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Cortés (Castilian, Galician, Valencian), Cortês (Portuguese), Cortès (Catalan) is a surname of Spanish and Portuguese origin, respectively. It derived from the Old French "curteis," which means 'polite, courteous, or well-bred',[1] and is analogous to the English Curtis, although the English form has become more widely used as a given name.

The surname has become more frequent among Romani people in Spain than among the general Spanish population.[2]


Notable people surnamed Cortes include:


  1. ^ Percy Hide Reaney, Richard Middlewood Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (1991), p. 121.
  2. ^ Diccionario de apellidos españoles, Roberto Faure, María Asunción Ribes, Antonio García, Editorial Espasa, Madrid 2001. ISBN 84-239-2289-8. Section III.3.8 page XXXIX.

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