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

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Santiago. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged in the mid-9th century and were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Santiago, de Santiago, Santyago, de Santyago, Sandiego, San Diego, San Jaime, Yago, Yagüe, Yague, Yagües, Yagues, Yáguez and many more.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Santiago research. Another 650 words(46 lines of text) covering the years 1037, 1085, and 1139 are included under the topic Early Santiago History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 38 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Santiago Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Pedro de Santiago, who sailed to America with his daughter Catalina in 1514
  • García de Santiago, who came to America in 1514
  • Melchor Santiago, settled in Río de la Plata in 1535
  • Ana de Santiago, moved to New Spain in 1577
  • Luis de Santiago, who settled in Peru in 1592

Santiago Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Manuel Santiago, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Pedro De Santiago, who landed in America in 1811
  • Garcia De Santiago, who landed in America in 1814
  • Juan Jose Santiago, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Migl Santiago, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1825


  • Saundra Santiago, American actress best known for the television series Miami Vice
  • Roberto Santiago, American journalist and writer
  • Milly Santiago, American news reporter
  • Alfredo Santiago, American educational administrator, Assistant Dean at Rutgers University
  • Emile Santiago (1899-1995), American Academy Award winning costume designer for the film The Robe (1953)
  • Joseph Alberto "Joey" Santiago (b. 1965), Filipino-American guitarist and composer
  • Richard Santiago Rodríguez (b. 1970), Puerto Rican bronze medalist boxer at the 1991 Pan American Games
  • Natalio Rivas Santiago, Spanish politician and historian
  • Benito Santiago Rivera (b. 1965), Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player who played from 1986 to 2005
  • Rafael Santiago Maria (b. 1984), Brazilian footballer



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  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Santiago Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Santiago 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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2015 at 13:33.

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