Camarena History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Spanish surname Camarena is of locative origin, being based on a physical or geographic feature found in the vicinity of the eponymous bearer's place of abode. In this case, the Spanish word "camara" means "granary or barn," and the surname would indicate that the original bearer lived beside a granary. In the feudal manors and estates of the Middle Ages, the granary would have been used by the lord's extensive household, and would have been a local landmark.

Early Origins of the Camarena family

The surname Camarena was first found in the province of Galicia in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula. However, like many locative surnames, Camarena arose independently in various parts of Spain. Records show that a branch of the family had its ancestral home in the Valley of Ayala, in Amurrio (Alava).

Early History of the Camarena family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Camarena research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1576 is included under the topic Early Camarena History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Camarena Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Camára, Camarillo, Camarino, Camarero, Cambra, Lacambra, Cammarata, Camarena and many more.

Early Notables of the Camarena 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. Dentro de estos...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Camarena Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Camarena migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Camarena Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luis Camarena, who arrived in America in 1837 [1]
  • Pedro Camarena, who landed in Cartagena in 1838 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Camarena (post 1700) +

  • Juan Manuel Silva Camarena (b. 1945), Mexican philosopher and Cathedratic Professor
  • Jorge González Camarena (1908-1980), Mexican painter, muralist and sculptor, recipient of the Mexican National Prize for Arts and Sciences (1970)
  • Guillermo González Camarena (1917-1965), Mexican engineer who invented a color television, and later introduced color television to Mexico
  • Enrique "Kiki" Camarena (1947-1985), Mexican undercover agent for the DEA who was abducted, tortured and then murdered
  • Enrique Camarena Robles (b. 1957), Mexican psychiatrist, President of the Asociación Psiquiátrica de América Latina (APAL)


  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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