Cuevas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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

Early History of the Cuevas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuevas 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 Cuevas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cuevas Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Cuevas 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 Cuevas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Cuevas migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cuevas Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Francisco de Cuevas, to America in 1512
  • Alonso de las Cuevas, who sailed to America in 1513
Cuevas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andres F DeLas Cuevas, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1802 [1]
  • Francisco Cuevas, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Ruperto Cuevas, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Diego De Cuevas, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Fernando Cuevas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cuevas (post 1700) +

  • Javier Casas Cuevas (b. 1982), Spanish footballer
  • Juan-Antonio Cano Cuevas (b. 1960), Spanish economist
  • José Luis Cuevas (1934-2017), Mexican modernist painter and sculptor, founder of the José Luis Cuevas Museum, Mexico City in 1992
  • Serafin R. Cuevas (1928-2014), Filipino lawyer and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines appointed during the government of Ferdinand Marcos
  • Pablo Cuevas (b. 1986), Uruguayan professional tennis player
  • Aida Cuevas (b. 1963), Mexican singer and actress
  • Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975), Mexican conceptual artist
  • Divisional General Justo Arteaga Cuevas (1805-1882), Chilean Army officer
  • Juan Martin Cuevas Armijos (b. 1966), Ecuadorian documentary film director
  • Francisco Cuevas Cancino, Mexican diplomat


  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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