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

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amaro family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Amaro is a name for a person that is bitter or unhappy. The surname Amari can be traced to the Italian word Amaro, which means bitter, unhappy or unfortunate, which jokingly indicates that the original bearer the surname had an embittered nature.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Amaro Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Miguel De Amaro, who landed in America in 1827
  • Andres Amaro, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

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  • Rubén Amaro Jr. (b. 1965), the American general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Rubén Amaro Sr., American player in Major League Baseball
  • Melanie Ann Amaro (b. 1992), American-born, British Virgin Islands singer
  • Amancio Amaro (b. 1939), former Spanish football player
  • Joaquín Amaro (1889-1952), Mexican revolutionary general and military reformer
  • Leandro Amaro (b. 1986), Brazilian football defender
  • Blanquita Amaro (1923-2007), Cuban film actress
  • Captain Rolim Adolfo Amaro (1942-2001), Brazilian pilot and airline owner
  • Mariano Rodrigues Amaro (b. 1915), former Portuguese footballer
  • Augusto Marques Rodrigues Amaro (b. 1911), Portuguese footballer


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  10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
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The Amaro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Amaro 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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