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

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.


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.


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.


Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Torres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juan Torres de Vera y Aragón, who settled first in Buenos Aires and later in Asuncion
  • 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

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
  • Luis De Torres, who landed in America in 1813


  • Elizabeth "Liz" Torres (b. 1947), American actress, singer, and comedienne
  • Gina Torres (b. 1969), American television and movie actress
  • Michelle Torres (b. 1967), retired American professional tennis player
  • Joaquín Torres Garcia (1874-1949), Uruguayan artist and art theorist
  • Julio Romero de Torres (1874-1930), Spanish artist
  • Fernando José Torres Sanz (b. 1984), Spanish footballer, nicknamed "The Kid"
  • Luis Llorens Torres (1876-1944), Puerto Rican poet, playwright, and politician
  • José Torres (1936-2009), Puerto Rican professional boxer who participated in the 1956 Olympic Games
  • Juan José Torres González (1920-1976), Bolivian socialist politician and military leader, President of Bolivia from 1970-1971
  • Félix Ricardo Torres (b. 1964), former Paraguay football striker



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  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. 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 26 March 2015 at 16:04.

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