Barreto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Barreto, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Barreto, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in Spain. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The surname Barreto originally derived from the Spanish word Barrera which referred to a barrier and denoted that the family originally lived beside a gate or fence.

Early Origins of the Barreto family

The surname Barreto was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Barreto family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barreto research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1625 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Barreto History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Barreto Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Barrios, de Barrios, Barrio, de Barrio, Barro, Barros, de Barros, Barroso, Barrera, de Barrera, de la Barrera, Barreda, de Barreda, Barral, Barreto, Barrientos and many more.

Early Notables of the Barreto family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were sixteenth century writer and philosopher Alonso de Barros; Miguel Barrios (c.1625-1701), a Spanish poet and historian; sixteenth century scientist and writer Bartolomé Barrientos; eighteenth century Spanish naval officer Blas Clemente de Barreda y Campuzano; nineteenth century Spanish politician and...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barreto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Barreto migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Barreto Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Isabel Barreto, a Spanish navigator who voyaged to America in the late 1500s. In Peru she married Alvaro de Mendaña, whom she accompanied on a Pacific expedition in 1595 that led to the discovery of the Santa Cruz islands. After Mendaña's death she became Governor of the lands they had discovered
Barreto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Barreto, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Barreto (post 1700) +

  • Fábio Villela Barreto Borges (1957-2019), Brazilian filmmaker, actor, screenwriter, and film producer
  • Ramón Ivanoes Barreto Ruiz (1939-2015), Uruguayan professional association football referee for the FIFA World Cup (1974 and 1978)
  • Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto (1881-1922), Brazilian novelist and journalist
  • Lia Menna Barreto (b. 1959), Brazilian artist
  • Honório Pereira Barreto (1813-1859), Governor of the Portuguese colony of Guinea
  • Gonzalo Barreto Mastropierro (b. 1992), Uruguayan football striker
  • Diego Daniel Barreto Cáceres (b. 1981), Paraguayan football goalkeeper
  • Édgar Osvaldo Barreto Cáceres (b. 1984), Paraguayan footballer
  • Paulo Vítor Barreto de Souza (b. 1985), Brazilian footballer
  • Octavio Lepage Barreto (b. 1923), Venezuelan politician


  1. ^ 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)


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