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Noble surnames, such as Gallegos, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Gallegos, 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. Gallegos is a habitation name, which is a type of local surname that is derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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The surname Gallegos was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gallego, Gallegos and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallegos research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1274, 1440, 1507, 1563, 1619, 1617 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Gallegos History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent among members of the family Fernando Gallego (c.1440-1507), a Spanish painter, his art is generally regarded as Hispano- Flemish in style, who decorated many churches in the regions of Leon and Extremadura...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallegos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gallegos Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Juan de Gallegos to America in 1528
  • Rodrigo de Gallegos to Florida in 1538
  • Pedro Gallegos, one of the conquistadors of New Granada. He founded the city of San Bonifacio de Ibagué in 1550

Gallegos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria De Gallegos, who landed in America in 1813
  • Ana De Gallegos, who landed in America in 1817
  • Juan De Gallegos, who landed in America in 1828
  • Francisco Gallegos, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835
  • Ana Gallegos, who arrived in New Spain in 1836
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Gallegos Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elena Gallegos, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Ricardo Gallegos, aged 20, who landed in America from Santander, Spain, in 1913
  • Carlota Gallegos, aged 6, who settled in America, in 1913
  • Jose Gallegos, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Valentine Gallegos, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1919
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  • José Manuel Gallegos (1815-1875), New Mexican delegate to the US Congress from the Territory of New Mexico
  • José Guadalupe Gallegos (1828-1867), New Mexican military leader, county sheriff, rancher and politician
  • Gracie Gallegos, American politician, current Mayor of Pico Rivera, California (2009-)
  • Deborah Gallegos, American public official, Chief Investment Officer for the Comptroller of the City of New York in 2005
  • Chon Fernando Gallegos (b. 1939), former American football quarterback who played one season for the Oakland Raiders in 1962
  • Tony E Gallegos (b. 1924), American former government official and World War II veteran, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Martin Gallegos (1994-2000), American politician, California State Assemblyman, 57th District
  • Luisa Gallegos (b. 1929), Cuban-born, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher and infielder, honored with a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York
  • Mario Gallegos Jr. (1950-2012), American Democratic politician, Member of the Texas Senate from the 6th district (1995-2012)
  • Alphonse Gallegos (1931-1991), American Roman Catholic bishop
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  • El Pueblo: The Gallegos Family's American Journey, 1503-1980 by Bruce Elliott Johansen.
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    Other References

    1. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    2. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    9. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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