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From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Carrillo family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Carrillo is a nickname type of surname for a person who was bold or shameless. Further research showed the name was derived from the Spanish word "carrillo," which means cheek.


The surname Carrillo was first found in Castile, one of the Christian kingdoms of medieval Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Carrillo, Carriello, Carillo, Carril, Cariello and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrillo research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1244, 1625 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Carrillo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family were fifteenth century prelate Alonso Carrillo; Luis de Carrillo y Sotomayor, sixteenth century poet, literary critic and galley captain; Maria Barbara Carillo (1625-1721), burned at the stake for heresy during the Spanish Inquisition; she is believed to be the oldest person executed during the Inquisition...

Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carrillo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carrillo Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Pedro Carrillo de Guzmán, to Peru in 1534
  • Francisco Carrillo, who sailed to Cartagena in 1534
  • Gonzalo Carrillo, traveled to Panama in 1535
  • Juan Carrillo, came to Dominican Republic in 1535
  • Melchor Carrillo de Avila, went to New Spain in 1577

Carrillo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pedro Carrillo, who arrived in America in 1814
  • M P Del Carrillo, aged 18, landed in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Gonzalo Carrillo, who landed in America in 1828
  • Manuel Carrillo, aged 38, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Pero Carrillo, who arrived in Peru in 1834
  • ...

  • José Arturo Carrillo, American Catholic priest and canon lawyer
  • Eduardo L Carrillo, American artist, muralist and educator
  • Juan José Carrillo (1842-1916), American politician, the first Chief of Police of Los Angeles, California (1872-1874), the first mayor of Santa Monica, California, and also a judge
  • Charles M. Carrillo (b. 1956), American artist, author, and archeologist
  • Santiago Carrillo (b. 1915), Spanish journalist and politician
  • Francisco Carrillo, Peruvian poet
  • Ramón Carrillo (1906-1956), Argentine neurosurgeon and neurobiologist
  • Julián Carrillo (1875-1965), Mexican composer and violinist

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    Other References

    1. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    7. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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    The Carrillo Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Carrillo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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