Barretto History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Barretto, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Barretto, 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 Barretto 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 Barretto family

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

Important Dates for the Barretto family

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

Barretto 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 Barretto 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 Barretto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Barretto family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: one of the most interesting figures of the sixteenth century explorers: Isabel Barreto. She was a Spanish navigator who voyaged to America in the late 1500s. In Peru she married Alvaro de Mendañ.

Contemporary Notables of the name Barretto (post 1700)

  • Francis Barretto Spinola (1821-1891), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate 3rd District, 1858-61; U.S. Representative from New York 10th District, 1887-91 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from
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