Cueva History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Cueva. The original bearer of the name Cueva, 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.

Early Origins of the Cueva family

The surname Cueva was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of mediaeval Spain.

Early History of the Cueva family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cueva research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1152, 1464, 1614, 1572, 1655, 1615, 1714, 1698, 1703, 1698, 1702, 1704, 1707, 1590 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Cueva History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cueva Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Cueva, Cuevas, De La Cueva, Cuerva, Cuervo and others.

Early Notables of the Cueva family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Beltrán de la Cueva, created Duke of Alburquerque in 1464 by King Henry IV, fought for Ferdinand and Isabella at the siege of Granada; 16th century Spanish dramatist Juan de la Cueva; Alfonso de la Cueva, Spain's Ambassador to Venice, created Marquis of Bedmar by King Philip III in 1614...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cueva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cueva migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cueva Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Bartolomé de Cueva, who sailed to America in 1516 with his son Juan
  • Francisco de la Cueva, brother-in-law of Pedro de Alvarado, whom he accompanied to New Spain. From 1540-42 Francisco was Lieutenant-Governor and acting Captain-General in Alvarado's absence
Cueva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco De Cueva, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Bernardo De Cueva, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Bartolome De Cueva, who arrived in America in 1816 [1]
  • And DeLa Cueva, aged 38, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [1]
  • Antonio DeLa Cueva, who landed in New Granada in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cueva (post 1700) +

  • brothers JorgeJosé de la Cueva, Spanish playwrights
  • José Gabriel Díaz Cueva (1925-2018), Ecuadorian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Azogues (1968–1975)
  • Jose Julio Iglesias de la Cueva (b. 1943), Spain's most famous singer
  • Mexican artist Roberto de la Cueva,


  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)


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