Cabrera History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original bearer of the name Cabrera, 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. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Cabrera family originally lived in one of the many minor places named Cabrera in Spain. This habitation name, which is a type of local surname that was originally derived from a place-name of towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads, was originally derived from the late Latin word "capraria", which means "place of goats".

Early Origins of the Cabrera family

The surname Cabrera was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.

Early History of the Cabrera family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cabrera research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1353, 1480 and 1492 are included under the topic Early Cabrera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cabrera Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cabrera, Cabrero, Cabrerizo and others.

Early Notables of the Cabrera family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Bernardo de Cabrera, an official at the Court of King Peter IV of Aragon. In the name of the King he drove the Genovese from the city of Alghero in Sardinia, and claimed it for the Crown of Aragon. Also of note was Andrés de Cabrera, who fought for Ferdinand and Isabella in many of the final battles of the Reconquest. As a reward for his service to the...
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Cabrera World Ranking

In the United States, the name Cabrera is the 803rd most popular surname with an estimated 37,305 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Cabrera is ranked the 1,930th most popular surname with an estimated 3,211 people with that name. [2] And in South America, the name Cabrera is the 46th popular surname with an estimated 88 people with that name. [3]


United States Cabrera migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cabrera Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Luis de Cabrera to America in 1512
  • Pedro de Cabrera to Florida in 1538
Cabrera Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gregoria Cabrera, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802 [4]
  • Petronila Clara Cabrera, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1810 [4]
  • Luis De Cabrera, who arrived in America in 1812 [4]
  • Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera of Seville, who voyaged first to Peru and later to Argentina, where he founded the city of Cordoba
  • Juan de Cabrera, aide-de-camp to the Viceroy of Peru Núñez de Vela
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Cabrera migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Cabrera Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Francisco De Cabrera, who landed in Cuba in 1834 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cabrera (post 1700) +

  • Rosa María Cabrera, American professor emeritus
  • Nestor L Cabrera, American fashion designer
  • Waldo Cabrera, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 6th District, 2008 [6]
  • Cesar Benito Cabrera, American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius, 2006-Seychelles, 2006-Comoros, 2006- [6]
  • Cesar Cabrera, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004 [6]
  • Angelina Cabrera, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from New York; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [6]
  • Ángel Cabrera (1879-1960), Spanish zoologist from Madrid
  • Don Ramón Cabrera (1810-1877), Carlist leader
  • Nelson David Cabrera (b. 1983), Paraguayan football defender
  • Wílmer Cabrera Linares (b. 1967), retired Colombian football defender and current assistant coach
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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