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From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Coronel family. Originally, the Spanish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Spain is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Coronel is a nickname type of surname for a person that was loved by his family and friends having derived from the Spanish word "caro," which was itself derived from the Latin word "carus," which means beloved or dear.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Coronado, de Coronado, Cornado, Corona, de Corona, Coronas, Coronel, de Coronel, Cornel, Cornejo, de Cornejo and many more.

First found in Galicia, in the northwestern corner of Spain.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coronel research. Another 561 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1139, 1037, 1155, 1282, 1510, 1554, 1540, 1542, 1523, 1565 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Coronel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 375 words (27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coronel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Brígida de Coronel, to New Spain in 1536
  • García Coronel, to Honduras in 1538
  • Ambrosio Coronel, to New Spain in 1576

Coronel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Garcia Coronel, who landed in Honduras in 1838
  • Ambrosio Coronel, who arrived in New Spain in 1876

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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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The Coronel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coronel 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 23 July 2014 at 08:20.

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