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Noble surnames, such as Torres, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Torres, 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. The Torres family originally lived in the place named Torres. There are many towns and villages in Spain that are named Torres, but the most famous are in the provinces of Andalucia, Oviedo in the Principality of Asturias, Burgos in Castilla-Leon, Lerida in Catalonia, Zaragoza in Aragon, and Navarra. The place-name is of Latin origin and it emerged during the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Torres, Torre, de Torres, de las Torres, de la Torre, de Torre, Turre, de Turre and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torres research. Another 378 words (27 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Torres 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 Torres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juan Torres, who emigrated to Chile in 1560
  • Luisa Torres, settled in Peru in 1562
  • Diego Torres, settled in Colombia in 1562
  • Cristóbal Torres, settled in Hispaniola in 1562 with his wife Inés, son Mateo and daughter Catalina
  • Francisco Torres, settled in Florida in 1563


Torres Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • David Torres, who landed in Jamaica in 1740-1741
  • Reins Torres, who arrived in Jamaica in 1743-1744
  • Rema Torres, who landed in Jamaica in 1743

Torres Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Antonio Torres, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Hernando De Torres, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Martin De Torres, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Marina Torres, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1812
  • Pedro De Torres, who landed in America in 1813


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  • Michelle Torres (b. 1967), retired American professional tennis player
  • David A. Torres, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 2000
  • Esteban Edward Torres (b. 1930), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from California 34th District, 1983-99
  • Felipe N. Torres, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1953-62
  • Frank Torres, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 17th District, 1934
  • Frank Torres, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Bronx County 4th District, 1963-64; Defeated, 1964
  • Gerard Torres, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 143rd District; Elected unopposed 1994; Elected 1996
  • Hilario J. Torres, American politician, Delegate to New Mexico State Constitutional Convention, 1969
  • Ida Ines Torres, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Isidore B. Torres, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 2001

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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  7. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  8. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Torres Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Torres 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 27 March 2016 at 21:34.

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