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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.

Contreras Early Origins



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

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Contreras Spelling Variations


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Contreras Spelling Variations



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

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Contreras Early History


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Contreras Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Contreras research. Another 418 words (30 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.

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Contreras Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Contreras Early Notables (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...

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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Contreras (post 1700)


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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
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  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)

Other References

  1. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Contreras Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Contreras 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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