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Where did the Spanish Cuenca family come from? What is the Spanish Cuenca family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cuenca family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cuenca family history?

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."


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

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.


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.


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


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


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


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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  11. ...

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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