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Type Surname (from occupation)

Meaning & History

occupational name for a cultivator or seller of fruit and vegetables ortolano "gardener" from a derivative of orto "vegetable garden" (from Latin hortus "garden"). The term was also used in the medieval period to denote both a cleric with a fervant devotion to pastoral work and a rough or uncouth person and in some instances may have been applied as a nickname in either sense. Or possibly in some instances a nickname from the vernacular name of a kind of bunting (a small bird called Emberiza hortulana) prized as a delicacy by Mediterranean gourmets. Spanish: occupational name from a variant of Old Spanish hortolano "cultivator or seller of vegetables".
Added 1/6/2023 by Paradiso36