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Nowadays part of Greater Bilbao region, until the beginning of 19th century it was integrated in the Valley of Somorrostro of the Encartaciones next to the Santurtzi. In 1901 the locality segregated from the Council of the Santurtzi, those days happening to denominate the Santurce-Ortuella. This segregation was motivated by an increase of population due to the mining height of end of 19th century, being the district of Ortuella the one of greater population in the Council. In the 1980s, and by means of the resolution of March 27, 1981, the name of the municipality definitively lost the term " Santurce", simply being " Ortuella", which was the ususual name used by their citizens.