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

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Real family. The Real surname is derived from the Latin "regis, " meaning "royal." The Spanish word "rey" means "king," while "reina" means "queen." Bearing this name does not necessarily imply royal ancestry however; as, when surnames first began to be used in Medieval Spain, nicknames were often taken on as surnames.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Reyes, Rey, de Reyes, de los Reyes, del Rey, Reina, de la Reina, de Reina, Reinoso, de Reinoso, Reynoso, de Reynoso, Reinosa, de Reinosa, Reynosa, de Reynosa, Real, de Real and many more.

First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Real research. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1652, 1676 and 1892 are included under the topic Early Real History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Real Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Esteban Real, who sailed to America in 1511
  • Bartolomé de Real sailed to America in 1516
  • Bartolomé de Real sailed to Río de la Plata in 1535

Real Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Real, who arrived in North Carolina in 1763

Real Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Esteban Real, who landed in America in 1811
  • Bartolome De Real, who arrived in America in 1816
  • Comte Real, who landed in New York in 1819
  • Peter Francis Real, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Catherine Real, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854


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  1. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Real Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Real 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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