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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Contreras research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1352 is included under the topic Early Contreras History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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... Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Contreras Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
^ 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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