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The noble surname Cuenca is of Spanish descent and appears to be of toponymic origin, as it is derived from the place-name where the original bearer had lived or owned land. The etymology of the surname Cuenca is derived from the Latin word "concha" which means "valley surrounded by mountains."

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The surname Cuenca was first found in the district of Torelavega in the province of Santander. However, records show that the Cuenca family was also present in the provinces of Santillana and Vizcaya in the northern regions of Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cuenca, Concha, Conca, Conches, De La Concha and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuenca research. Another 376 words (27 lines of text) covering the year 1682 is included under the topic Early Cuenca History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cuenca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cuenca Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan De Cuenca, who landed in America in 1812
  • Diego De Cuenca, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Pedro Or Cuenca, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Juan Cuenca, who landed in America in 1816
  • Hernando De Cuenca, who arrived in America in 1817


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  • Joan Isaac Cuenca López (b. 1991), Spanish professional footballer
  • Jean-José Cuenca (b. 1986), French football midfielder
  • Mario Eduardo Cuenca (b. 1975), Argentine football goalkeeper
  • Laura Méndez de Cuenca, Mexican poet


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  2. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Cuenca Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cuenca 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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