Gallego History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Gallego, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Gallego, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. Gallego is a habitation name, which is a type of local surname that is derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Gallego family

The surname Gallego was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.

Early History of the Gallego family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallego research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1440, 1507, 1563, 1619, 1617 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Gallego History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gallego Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gallego, Gallegos and others.

Early Notables of the Gallego family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family Fernando Gallego (c.1440-1507), a Spanish painter, his art is generally regarded as Hispano- Flemish in style, who decorated many churches in the regions of Leon and Extremadura...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallego Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gallego migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gallego Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Cristóbal Gallego, who sailed to America in 1510
  • Diego Gallego went to America in 1512
  • Alonso Gallego, who sailed to America in 1512
  • Miguel Gallego to America in 1514
  • Lorenzo Gallego to Hispaniola in 1537
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gallego Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Silvestre Gallego, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Cristobal Gallego, who landed in America in 1810 [1]
  • Diego Gallego, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Francisco Gallego, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Juan Gallego, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gallego (post 1700) +

  • Mike Gallego, American professional baseball player
  • Ricardo Gallego, Spanish footballer
  • Américo Gallego, Argentine footballer


  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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