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

The name Salas is derived from the Germanic root word "sal," which means "building."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Sala, Salas and others.

First found in Asturias, birthplace of the Reconquest.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Salas research. Another 329 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1623, 1636, 1639, 1649, 1670, 1694, 1759, and 1776 are included under the topic Early Salas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Salas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso de Salas, who sailed to America in 1513
  • Inés de Salas, went to Nicaragua in 1531
  • Cristóbal de Salas, settled in Florida in 1538
  • Juan de Salas, came to New Spain in 1576

Salas Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio De Salas, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Juan De Salas, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Pedro De Salas, who arrived in America in 1816
  • Teresa Salas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1826
  • Manuel Salas, aged 20, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835


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  • Stevie Salas, American guitarist
  • Floyd F Salas (b. 1931), American novelist and poet
  • Lizette Salas (b. 1989), American professional LPGA golfer
  • Joseph I. Salas (1903-1987), American silver medalist featherweight professional boxer at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Rudy Salas (b. 2012), American politician, Member of the California State Assembly
  • Víctor Salas Baños (b. 1980), Spanish footballer
  • José Alfredo Cebollero Salas (b. 1905), English professor in Puerto Rico
  • Hilden Salas (b. 1980), Peruvian footballer
  • Lauro Salas (b. 1928), Mexican former world lightweight boxing champion
  • José Marcelo Salas Melinao (b. 1974), Chilean former football player who played from 1993 to 2008, representing the Chile National Team (1994-2007), the all-time top goalscorer for the Chilean national team

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  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  3. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Salas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Salas 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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