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The surname Iglesias was first found in Messina (Sicilian: Missina; Latin: Messana), capital of the Italian province of Messina. Its history begins in 397 B.C. After a checkered history the Saracens took it in 831, and the Normans in 1061. It was host to the crusaders in 1190. Garibaldi landed in 1860 and it was the last city to be made a part of united Italy. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The family name was of a family who held estates in Sicily, Malta and Naples.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Egnace, Ignatius, Iglesias, Inglese, Ignace and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iglesias research. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the year 1848 is included under the topic Early Iglesias History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Iglesias Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Iglesias Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Iglesias Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Iglesias 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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