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

Distinguished surnames, such as Orellana, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Orellana, 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. Many Spanish local names reflected Arabic words or place-names, because the Muslim Moors from the 8th to 12th centuries conquered Spain. The Orellana family originally lived in Navarre. The surname Orellana originally derived from Aurelianus which referred to the farm or estate of Aurelius.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Arellano, de Arellano, Arellana, de Arellana, Arellanes, Orellano, de Orellano, Orellana, de Orellana and many more.

First found in Navarre, one of the medieval Christian kingdoms of northern Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Orellana research. Another 549 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1110, 1516, and 1646 are included under the topic Early Orellana History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Orellana Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juan de Orellana, who sailed to America in 1517
  • Diego de Orellana sailed to America in 1527
  • Rodrigo de Orellana sailed to Colombia in 1536
  • Juan de Orellana sailed to Peru in 1537
  • Francisco Orellana, who accompanied Gonzalo Pizarro on his expedition to Peru, and was one of the founders of the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Orellana then set off to seek spices in 1540-41, a search that would lead him inland to the source of the Amazon River. His quest then became the fabled land of El Dorado, a mythical place where gold and precious stones were said to be found in fabulous abundance. After eight difficult months of navigation along the Amazon, Orellano reached the Atlantic Ocean. The territories he claimed eventually reverted to Brazil, but his valor and courage stand out among the tales of Spanish conquistadors

Orellana Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan De Orellana, who arrived in America in 1817
  • Diego De Orellana, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Francisco De Orellana, who landed in Peru in 1853


  • Rosario García Orellana (1905-1997), Cuban-American coloratura soprano
  • Gaston Orellana (b. 1933), Spanish painter
  • Kepler Orellana (b. 1977), Venezuelan retired professional tennis player
  • Ricardo José Orellana Rojas (b. 1987), Salvadoran footballer
  • Fabián Ariel Orellana Valenzuela (b. 1986), Chilean footballer
  • Carlos Orellana (1900-1960), Mexican actor, film director and screenwriter
  • Marlon Guillermo Lara Orellana (b. 1966), Liberal Party politician from Honduras


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  9. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Orellana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orellana 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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