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

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.


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

First found in Castile, in north central Spain.


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.


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


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


  • Joaquín María Otero y Goyanes, Spanish attorney
  • Jorge Otero (b. 1969), Spanish footballer
  • La Belle Otero (1868-1965), Spanish-born dancer, actress and courtesan
  • José Antonio Mora Otero, Uruguayan diplomat and statesman
  • Gustavo Adolfo Otero, Bolivian writer, historian and sociologist
  • José Pacífico Otero, Argentine historian
  • Alejandro Otero (1921-1990), Venezuelan artist, writer and cultural promoter
  • Clementina Otero (1909-1996), Mexican actress
  • Luis Otero Mujica (1879-1940), Commander-in- Chief of the Chilean Army
  • Miguel Otero Silva (1908-1985), Venezuelan writer, journalist, humorist and politician


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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  8. 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.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 10 June 2015 at 16:52.

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