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Contreras History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Noble surnames, such as Contreras, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Contreras, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.

Early Origins of the Contreras family


The surname Contreras was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Contreras family


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Contreras Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Contreras, de Contreras and others.

Early Notables of the Contreras family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the family were sixteenth century Spanish novelist Jerónimo de Contreras; seventeenth century Spanish adventurer Alonso de Contreras, Knight Commander of the Order of Malta; seventeenth century Spanish painter Antonio de Contreras; nineteenth century Spanish military officer Juan Contreras y Martínez; nineteenth...
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Migration of the Contreras family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Contreras Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Diego de Contreras, who sailed to America in 1527
  • Rodrigo de Contreras, who sailed to Nicaragua in 1534
  • García de Contreras, who sailed to Peru in 1534
  • Gregorio de Contreras, who sailed to Cartagena in 1534
  • Francisca de Contreras, who sailed to America in 1535
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Contreras Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pedro Contreras, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Gonzalo De Contreras, who landed in America in 1814 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Isabel Contreras, wife of Juan de Salazar, founder of the city of Asuncion in Paraguay. Isabel journeyed to Brazil on the expedition of Mencía Calderón, who captained her late husband's soldiers
  • Rodrigo Contreras, one of the first governors of Nicaragua
  • Diego De Contreras, who landed in America in 1827 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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Contreras Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Contreras, aged 40, who landed in America from Rome, in 1904
  • Antonio Contreras, aged 28, who landed in America from Malaga, Spain, in 1908
  • Amora Contreras, aged 26, who landed in America from Santander, Spain, in 1915
  • Antonio Contreras, aged 14, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Armando Contreras, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
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Contemporary Notables of the name Contreras (post 1700)


  • Joseph Contreras (1710-1780), Spanish famous maker of violins
  • Juan Manuel Guillermo Contreras Sepúlveda (1929-2015), Chilean military officer and the former head of the National Intelligence Directorate (DINA)
  • Rey Paz Contreras (b. 1950), Filipino sculptor
  • Patricio Contreras (b. 1947), Chilean-Argentine film actor
  • José Contreras (b. 1971), Cuban Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ivan Contreras (b. 1974), Mexican volleyball player
  • Gloria Contreras (b. 1934), Mexican dancer and choreographer
  • José Eleazar López Contreras (1883-1973), President of Venezuela (1935 to 1941)
  • Francisco Contreras, Chilean writer
  • Vincent John Contreras, aerospace corporation executive
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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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