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

Distinguished surnames, such as Orellano, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Orellano, 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 Orellano family originally lived in Navarre. The surname Orellano 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 Orellano research. Another 549 words(39 lines of text) covering the years 1110, 1516, and 1646 are included under the topic Early Orellano History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juana de Orellano, who sailed to Peru in 1592 with her six children Francisco, Mayor, Juan, Catalina, Alonso and Antonio


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  6. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
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The Orellano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Orellano 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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