Cartagena History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble surname Cartagena is of Spanish descent, and appears to be of toponymic origin, derived from the place name where the original bearer first lived or owned land. Thus, the name Cartagena signifies "one who hails from the city of Cartagena."

Early Origins of the Cartagena family

The surname Cartagena was first found in the Castilian province of Burgos. Early records of the surname Cartagena mention Saint Fulgentius of Cartagena, born in Cartagena in the 6th century and died in 630. He was Bishop of Ecija (Astigi), in Hispania. Later, Alonso de Santa María de Cartagena who was born in Burgos in 1384 and was a distinguished politician, poet and philosopher of his time.

Early History of the Cartagena family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cartagena research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1384, 1456, 1425, 1520, 1520, 1583, 1870 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cartagena History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cartagena Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cartegena, Cartaganas, Carajana and others.

Early Notables of the Cartagena 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 nombres de familias se han destacado, por ejemplo, Alfonso de Santa María de Cartagena (1384-1456), a Jewish convert to Christianity, a Roman Catholic bishop, diplomat, historian and writer of pre- Renaissance Spain. Teresa de Cartagena (c.1425-?), was a Spanish writer, mystic and nun who is considered to be the first Spanish female writer and mystic. Juan de Cartagena (died c. 1520), was a Spanish accountant and...
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Cartagena Ranking

In the United States, the name Cartagena is the 6,610th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Cartagena migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cartagena Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. A. Cartagena, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1895
Cartagena Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Juan Cartagena, aged 43, who landed in America from Santiago, Chile, in 1910
  • Juan Cartagena, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1915
  • Miguel Cartagena, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Candida Cartagena, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1922
  • Francisco Cartagena, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cartagena (post 1700) +

  • Chris Cartagena, American Annie Award nominated animator, known for his work on The Grinch (2018), Happy Feet (2006) and Storks (2016)
  • Emely Cartagena, American actress, known for her work on Panama (2021), Patriarch (2021) and Stunt Poc Promo (2019)
  • Owen Cartagena, American visual effects specialist, known for his work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 (2015), Wonder Woman (2017) and Suicide Squad (2016)
  • Victoria Luz Cartagena (b. 1985), American theater, film, and television actress, known for Servant (2021), Manifest (2018-2019), and You (2018)
  • Joseph Antonio Cartagena (b. 1970), better known by his stage name Fat Joe, an American rapper and actor from the Bronx, New York
  • Miguel Cartagena (b. 1992), undefeated Puerto Rican-American Bantamweight boxer
  • Sergeant First Class Modesto Cartagena (1921-2010), Puerto Rican member of the United States Army, the most decorated Puerto Rican soldier in history
  • Donaro Cartagena (b. 1934), Columbian professor and novelist
  • Raúl Gándara Cartagena (1895-1989), Puerto Rican fire chief in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the first and longest-serving Commonwealth of Puerto Rico fire chief (1942 to 1972)
  • Nicolás Nogueras Cartagena (1935-2019), Puerto Rican politician, Member of the Puerto Rico Senate (1973-1985), President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico (1993-1995)
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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