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

The noble Spanish surname Chico is of nickname origin, deriving from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the first bearer. In this instance, the surname Chico comes directly from the word "chico" which signifies "small, young." Therefore, the surname Chico was given as a nickname to a small man or to the younger of two bearers of the same given name.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Chica, Chico, Chicote and others.

First found in the province of Toledo, in the ancient kingdom of Castile.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chico research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chico History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Chico Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chico Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Gregorio Chico, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rafael Chico, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Manuel Chico, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1827
  • Anton Chico, who arrived in America in 1829
  • I Chico, aged 22, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1830


  • Melchor Chico (b. 1909), Spanish guitarist
  • Norma Belmonte Chico (b. 1937), architect in the Philippines
  • Isabel Chico, distinguished poet from Puerto Rico


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  2. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  11. ...

The Chico Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chico 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.

This page was last modified on 15 April 2014 at 14:56.

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