Cortes (surname)

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Cortés (Castilian, Galician, Valencian), Cortês (Portuguese), Cortès (Catalan) is a surname of Spanish and Portuguese origin, respectively. The surname derived from the Old French corteis or curteis, meaning "courteous" or "polite"[1] and is related 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. ^ Powell, Kimberly. "What Does the Name Cortez Mean?" About. Web. <
  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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