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Where did the Spanish Iglesias family come from? What is the Spanish Iglesias family crest and coat of arms? When did the Iglesias family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Iglesias family history?

The distinguished Spanish surname Iglesias is derived from the place name Iglesias, located in the province of Burgos (Castilla la Vieja). As a locative surname, Iglesias signifies "one who dwelled at or near the church." The place name further derives from the Latin "ecclesia," and ultimately from the Greek word "ekklesia," meaning "an assembly or gathering."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Eglesias, Iglesia, Yglesias and others.

First found in the province of Burgos in the ancient kingdom of Castile.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iglesias research. Another 365 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1748 and 1791 are included under the topic Early Iglesias History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 62 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Iglesias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Iglesias Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Cayetano Iglesias, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Manuel Iglesias, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Ignacio Iglesias, aged 30, landed in Puerto Rico in 1834
  • Miguel Jobrinu Iglesias, aged 20, landed in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • Manuel Maria Iglesias, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1855


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  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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The Iglesias Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Iglesias Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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