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Distinguished surnames, such as Arellano, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Arellano, 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. Many Spanish local names reflected Arabic words or place-names, because the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Arellano family originally lived in Navarre. The surname Arellano originally derived from Aurelianus which referred to the farm or estate of Aurelius.

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The surname Arellano was first found in Navarre, one of the medieval Christian kingdoms of northern Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Arellano, de Arellano, Arellana, de Arellana, Arellanes, Orellano, de Orellano, Orellana, de Orellana and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arellano research. Another 549 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1110, 1516, and 1646 are included under the topic Early Arellano History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arellano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso de Arellano sailed to America in 1528
  • Antonio de Arellano, who sailed to New Spain in 1576

Arellano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alonso De Arellano, who arrived in America in 1828
  • Antonio De Arellano, who arrived in New Spain in 1876

Arellano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Carlo Arellano, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Alberto Arellano, aged 10, who landed in America from Cuba, in 1906
  • Adolf Arellano, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Havana, Cuba, in 1910
  • Jose Ramirez Arellano, aged 51, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Antonio Arellano, aged 29, who settled in America from Cordova, Spain, in 1913


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  • Xochitl Arellano, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Christopher B. Arellano, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004, 2008
  • Manuel Arellano (b. 1957), Spanish economist
  • Prospero Nale Arellano (1937-2014), Fillipino Roman Catholic bishop
  • Cayetano L. Arellano (1847-1920), first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
  • Andrew James E. "Drew" Arellano (b. 1980), Filipino actor
  • David Alfonso Arellano Moraga (1902-1927), Chilean footballer
  • José de Jesús Arellano Alcócer (b. 1973), Mexican footballer
  • Oswaldo Enrique López Arellano (1921-2010), two-time President of Honduras


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The Arellano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arellano 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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