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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."

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

First found in the Castilian province of Burgos. Early records of the surname Cartagena mention Alonso de Santa María de Cartagena who was born in Burgos in 1384 and was a distinguished politician, poet and philosopher of his time.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cartagena research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1870 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Cartagena History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cartagena Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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  • Miguel Cartagena (b. 1992), undefeated Puerto Rican-American Bantamweight boxer
  • Nicolás Nogueras Cartagena (b. 1935), Puerto Rican politician, Member of the Puerto Rico Senate (1973-1985), President pro tempore of the Senate of Puerto Rico (1993-1995)
  • Juan José Cartagena (1876-1879), Puerto Rican politician, Mayor of Ponce
  • Victoria Cartagena, Puerto Rican theater and television actress\
  • Sergeant First Class Modesto Cartagena (1921-2010), most decorated Puerto Rican soldier in history
  • Donaro Cartagena (b. 1934), professor and novelist in Colombia


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  1. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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