Ortegón last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Ortegón is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Ortegón.

Meaning of Ortegón

A Spanish toponymic surname indicating someone from any of several places named Ortegón, derived from ortega meaning "nettle."

Ortegón, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Ortegón surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Ortegón in America

Ortegón is the 13938th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Ortegón surname appeared 2,166 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 people would have the surname Ortegón.

We can also compare 2010 data for Ortegón to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 13938 15146 -8.31%
Count 2,166 1,786 19.23%
Proportion per 100k 0.73 0.66 10.07%

The history of the last name Ortegón

The surname Ortegon has its origins in Spain, likely emerging during the Middle Ages or earlier. It is believed to be derived from the Spanish word "ortega," which means a small garden or orchid. This suggests that the name may have initially been an occupational surname given to those who worked in or cared for gardens or orchards.

Ortegon is a variant spelling of the more common Spanish surname Ortega. The addition of the suffix "-on" is a common practice in Spanish naming conventions, often used to indicate a larger or more substantial version of something. In this case, Ortegon may have been used to distinguish a particular family or lineage from others with the surname Ortega.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name Ortegon can be found in the Libro de la Montería, a 14th-century manuscript detailing the hunting traditions of King Alfonso XI of Castile. The document mentions an individual named Pedro Ortegon, who was likely a member of the king's hunting party.

In the 16th century, a notable figure with the surname Ortegon was Juan Ortegon, a Spanish conquistador who participated in the conquest of Mexico alongside Hernán Cortés. He was born in Extremadura, Spain, around 1490 and died in Mexico in the mid-1500s.

Another historical figure with the surname Ortegon was Diego Ortegon, a Spanish soldier and explorer who accompanied Juan Ponce de León on his expedition to Florida in the early 1500s. He was born in Seville, Spain, in the late 15th century and died in Florida during the expedition in 1521.

In the 17th century, a prominent individual with the surname Ortegon was Pedro Ortegon de Villacreces, a Spanish nobleman and military commander who served as the governor of Galicia in the 1660s. He was born in Burgos, Spain, in the early 1600s and died in Madrid in 1671.

During the 18th century, a notable figure with the Ortegon surname was María Ortegon, a Spanish painter and artist known for her religious works and portraiture. She was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1720 and died in the same city in 1790.

In the 19th century, a prominent individual with the surname Ortegon was Ramón Ortegon, a Spanish writer and poet who was part of the Romantic literary movement in Spain. He was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1815 and died in Madrid in 1892.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Ortegón

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Ortegón.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Ortegón was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 8.45% 183
Non-Hispanic Black Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.55% 12
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.46% 10
Hispanic Origin 90.12% 1,952

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Ortegón has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 8.45% 7.45% 12.58%
Black (S)% 0.45% (S)%
Asian and Pacific Islander (S)% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.55% 0.73% -28.13%
Two or More Races 0.46% (S)% (S)%
Hispanic 90.12% 91.04% -1.02%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Ortegón was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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