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The distinguished Spanish surname Iglesias is derived from the place name Iglesias, located in the province of Burgos (Castilla la Vieja). As a locative surname, Iglesias signifies "one who dwelled at or near the church." The place name further derives from the Latin "ecclesia," and ultimately from the Greek word "ekklesia," meaning "an assembly or gathering."

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The surname Iglesias was first found in the province of Burgos in the ancient kingdom of Castile.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eglesias, Iglesia, Yglesias and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iglesias research. Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1748 and 1791 are included under the topic Early Iglesias History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Iglesias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Iglesias Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cayetano Iglesias, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Manuel Iglesias, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Ignacio Iglesias, aged 30, landed in Puerto Rico in 1834
  • Miguel Jobrinu Iglesias, aged 20, landed in New Orleans, La in 1837
  • Manuel Maria Iglesias, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1855


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  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  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 Iglesias Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Iglesias 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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