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Noble surnames, such as Otero, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Otero, 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.

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The surname Otero was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Otero, Otera, Oteros, Oteruelo, de Otero, del Otero and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otero research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the year 1258 is included under the topic Early Otero History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Otero Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Pedro de Otero, who sailed to New Spain in 1536
  • Diego del Otero, who sailed to the Spanish Main in 1538

Otero Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Otero, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • F Otero, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1831
  • Joaquin Otero, aged 32, landed in New Orleans, La in 1854
  • Augustín Otero Castro sailed to Puerto Rico in 1858
  • Francisco Otero Espósito sailed to Puerto Rico in 1860


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  • Miguel Antonio II Otero (1859-1944), American politician, Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1897-1906; Treasurer of New Mexico Territory, 1909-11; Member of Democratic National Committee from Canal Zone, 1920-24
  • Miguel Antonio Otero (1829-1882), American politician, Member of New Mexico Territorial House of Representatives, 1852-54; U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, 1853; Secretary of New Mexico Territory, 1861-62
  • Mariano Sabino Otero (1844-1904), American politician, Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1879-81
  • Manuel B. Otero, American Republican politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1932; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1940, 1944, 1952
  • M. A. Otero Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from New Mexico, 1936
  • Lettice M. Otero, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000
  • Josefina Otero, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Senator from Arizona, 1980
  • Eduardo M. Otero, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1916
  • La Belle Otero (1868-1965), Spanish-born dancer, actress and courtesan
  • Jorge Otero (b. 1969), Spanish footballer

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The Otero Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Otero 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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