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Where did the Italian Centeno family come from? What is the Italian Centeno family crest and coat of arms? When did the Centeno family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Centeno family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Cantano, Cantazzo, Centano, Centazzo, Centuzzo, Centoni, Centani, Centini and many more.

First found in Naples, (Italian: Napoli, Latin: Neapolis) former capital of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in southern Italy; it is the chief city of the province of Naples. It shares with Instanbul the claim to be the most beautiful city in Europe. Naples has 237 Churches and 57 Chapels. The National Museum and other galleries contain riches in art and artifacts. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Centeno research. Another 172 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1497 is included under the topic Early Centeno History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Centeno Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Catalina Romana Centeno, who arrived in Cuba in 1534
  • Constanza Centeno, who arrived in New Spain sometime between 1562 and 1563
  • Antonio Centeno, who arrived in Peru in 1578
  • Ana Centeno, who settled in New Spain in 1593

Centeno Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francisco Centeno, who landed in Cuba in 1834
  • Diego Centeno, who landed in Veragua in 1835
  • Alonso Centeno, who arrived in Cuba in 1838
  • Andres Centeno, who landed in New Spain in 1838
  • Isabel Centeno, who arrived in New Spain in 1838


  • Jesus Centeno (1983-2008), Venezuelan bronze medalist basketball player at the 2008 South American Basketball Championship
  • Adán Hermoso Centeno, professor in Venezuela
  • Bruno Centeno (b. 1988), Argentine footballer from Buenos Aires
  • Manuel Centeno (1980-2001), Portuguese former bodyboarder, European (2001 and 2006) and World Champion (2006)
  • Walter Centeno Corea (b. 1974), Costa Rican football midfielder


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  1. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  2. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  3. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  4. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  10. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  11. ...

The Centeno Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Centeno 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.

This page was last modified on 21 March 2013 at 15:08.

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