Calleja History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Calleja is of Spanish descent and is of toponymic origin, as it is derived from a physical feature characteristic of the area where the original bearer lived or owned land. The surname Calleja is derived from the Latin "callis" and the Spanish word "calle" which means "street." In modern Spanish "calle" is the normal word for a street, but at the time when surnames were being formed it referred to something rather more modest. Thus, the family name Calleja was giving to someone who lived beside a narrow path or a cattle trail.

Early Origins of the Calleja family

The surname Calleja was first found in the province of Santander, in the ancient kingdom of Castile.

Important Dates for the Calleja family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calleja research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1881 is included under the topic Early Calleja History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calleja Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Calle, Calleja, Callejo, Callego, Calles, Callejón, Callejas and many more.

Early Notables of the Calleja family (pre 1700)

Con la Reconquista guerra con la que los cristianos bajo las órdenes del rey Fernando y la reina Isabel reconquistaron a España y expulsaron a los musulmanes invasores en el año 1492...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calleja Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Calleja migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Calleja Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andres De Calleja, who arrived in America in 1827 [1]
  • Lena Calleja, aged 32, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1830 [1]
  • Yginia Calleja, aged 32, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1830 [1]
  • Feliciana Calleja, aged 23, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1839 [1]
  • Mathilda Calleja, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1897

Contemporary Notables of the name Calleja (post 1700)

  • Félix María Calleja (1753-1828), Spanish military officer and viceroy of New Spain from 1813 to 1816
  • José Díez Calleja (b. 1962), Spanish retired footballer
  • Javier Calleja Revilla (b. 1978), Spanish football coach and a former player
  • Isacio Calleja García (b. 1936), Spanish retired footballer
  • María del Carmen Calleja de Pablo (1949-2012), Spanish politician
  • Andrés de la Calleja (1705-1785), Spanish painter
  • Joseph Calleja (b. 1978), Maltese tenor

Citations

  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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