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

From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Cabrera. 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 traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility.

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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Cabrera include Cabral, Cabras, Cabrera, Cabrini, Cabrone, Cabrino, Cabrotto, Cabrotti, Cabrilli, Cabroni, Cabrillo, Cabrollo and many more.

First found in the Sicilian city of Aragona. In 1040, Ponzo Cabrera was Viscount of Cabrera, Girona, and Anger.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cabrera research. Another 246 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1510, 1740, and 1761 are included under the topic Early Cabrera History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 86 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cabrera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cabrera arrived in North America very early:

  • Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera of Seville, who voyaged first to Peru and later to Argentina, where he founded the city of Cordoba
  • Juan de Cabrera, aide-de-camp to the Viceroy of Peru Núñez de Vela
  • Luis de Cabrera to America in 1512
  • Alonso Cabrera, who voyaged to Santo Domingo in 1536, he subsequently journeyed to Buenos Aires to join Pedro de Mendoza, and from there to Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Pedro de Cabrera to Florida in 1538

Cabrera Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Gregoria Cabrera, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802
  • Petronila Clara Cabrera, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1810
  • Luis De Cabrera, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Francisca Cabrera, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1823
  • Gabriel Cabrera, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1823


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  • Nestor L Cabrera, American fashion designer
  • Rosa María Cabrera, American professor emeritus
  • Pablo Cabrera, Argentine historian
  • Luis Cabrera, Mexican politician and writer
  • Manuel Estrada Cabrera (1857-1924), President of Guatemala (1898-1920)
  • Don Ramón Cabrera (1810-1877), Carlist leader
  • José Miguel Cabrera Torres (b. 1983), Venezuelan Major League Baseball third baseman for the Detroit Tigers
  • Daniel Alberto Cabrera Cruz (b. 1981), Dominican Republic Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher
  • Ángel Cabrera (1879-1960), Spanish zoologist from Madrid
  • Marvin Gabriel Cabrera Ibarra (b. 1980), Mexican football defender

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  1. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  2. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  8. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  9. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Cabrera Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cabrera 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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