Camara History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished Spanish surname Camara is of locative origin, being based on a physical or geographic feature found in the vicinity of the eponymous bearer's place of abode. In this case, the Spanish word "camara" means "granary or barn," and the surname would indicate that the original bearer lived beside a granary. In the feudal manors and estates of the Middle Ages, the granary would have been used by the lord's extensive household, and would have been a local landmark.

Early Origins of the Camara family

The surname Camara was first found in the province of Galicia in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula. However, like many locative surnames, Camara arose independently in various parts of Spain. Records show that a branch of the family had its ancestral home in the Valley of Ayala, in Amurrio (Alava).

Important Dates for the Camara family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Camara research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1576 is included under the topic Early Camara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Camara Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Camára, Camarillo, Camarino, Camarero, Cambra, Lacambra, Cammarata, Camarena and many more.

Early Notables of the Camara family (pre 1700)

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Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Camara Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Camara migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Camara Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Baltasar De La Camara who arrived in Mexico in 1565
  • Juana de la Camara who settled in New Spain with three sisters, Diego de Camara who settled in Ecuador in 1584
  • Pedro De La Camara who immigrated to the Philippines in 1594
Camara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco V Camara Peresteitto who arrived in New York City in 1822
  • Juan Camara, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [1]
  • Manuel Camara, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1898 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Camara (post 1700)

  • Naby Laye "Papa" Camara (1951-2018), Guinean footballer of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Cheick Fantamady Camara (1960-2017), award-winning Guinean film director
  • Helder Pessoa Camara (b. 1909), Roman Catholic theologian and clergyman, born in Fortaleza, Brazil. Archbishop of Olinda and Recife (1964--84), and received international recognition with the award of the Martin Luther King, Jr, Peace Prize (1970) and the People's Prize (1973)
  • Camara Laye (1928-1980), African writer from French Guinea

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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