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The noble Spanish surname Chico is of nickname origin, deriving from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the first bearer. In this instance, the surname Chico comes directly from the word "chico" which signifies "small, young." Therefore, the surname Chico was given as a nickname to a small man or to the younger of two bearers of the same given name.

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The surname Chico was first found in the province of Toledo, in the ancient kingdom of Castile.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chica, Chico, Chicote and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chico research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chico History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Chico Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chico Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gregorio Chico, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Rafael Chico, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Manuel Chico, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1827
  • Anton Chico, who arrived in America in 1829
  • I Chico, aged 22, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1830


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  • Melchor Chico (b. 1909), Spanish guitarist
  • Isabel Chico, distinguished poet from Puerto Rico
  • Norma Belmonte Chico (b. 1937), architect in the Philippines


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  2. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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The Chico Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Chico 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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