Show ContentsAmaro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting Italian region of the islands of Sicily emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Amaro family. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most common type of family name found in Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, the nickname type of surname is also frequently found. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The surname Amaro is a name for a person that is bitter or unhappy. The surname Amari can be traced to the Italian word Amaro, which means bitter, unhappy or unfortunate, which jokingly indicates that the original bearer the surname had an embittered nature.

Amaro Ranking

In the United States, the name Amaro is the 6,719th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Amaro migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Amaro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miguel De Amaro, who landed in America in 1827 [2]
  • Andres Amaro, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Amaro (post 1700) +

  • Rubén Amaro Jr. (b. 1965), American general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Melanie Ann Amaro (b. 1992), American-born, British Virgin Islands singer
  • Rubén Amaro Sr., American player in Major League Baseball
  • Amancio Amaro Varela (1939-2023), commonly known simply as Amancio, a Spanish football player, nicknamed El Brujo (The Witcher)
  • Ignacio Martín Amaro (1944-2021), Spanish politician who served as a Senator
  • Juan Justo Amaro (1930-2020), Uruguayan politician
  • Rubén "Mora" Amaro Sr. (1936-2017), Mexican Major League Baseball player
  • Augusto Marques Rodrigues Amaro (b. 1911), Portuguese footballer
  • Mariano Rodrigues Amaro (b. 1915), former Portuguese footballer
  • Captain Rolim Adolfo Amaro (1942-2001), Brazilian pilot and airline owner
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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) on Facebook