Cortez Family CrestThe Spanish surname Cortez is derived from the Spanish word  
cortés meaning “courteous, or polite,” a derivative of corte, a nickname for a refined person. The name mat also be an habitational name from any of numerous places in Spain and Portugal named with cortes, plural of corte meaning “court.” The most famous bearer of the name was Fenando Cortez who conquered Mexico in the 16th Century. Today there are approximately 78,000 bearers of the name Cortez living in the United States. 

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