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

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. The original bearer of the name Quintana, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The name was originally borne by a person who lived on a shared piece of land and was obliged to pay one-fifth of the land's produce as rent which is derived from the Spanish word quintana, and the Latin word quintus, which means a fifth.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Quintana, Quintanella, Quintanilla, Quintaniella, Quintano, Quinto, Quintero and many more.

First found in Castile, the medieval kingdom of the northern peninsula whose language and customs eventually spread to many countries of the world.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quintana research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1534, 1660, 1734, 1699, 1774, 1755, 1774, 1772 and 1857 are included under the topic Early Quintana History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 177 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quintana Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Pedro de Quintana sailed to San Juan Island in 1512
  • Andrés de Quintana, who sailed to Venezuela in 1534
  • Diego Quintana, who came to New Spain in 1566
  • Juan de Quintana sailed to Peru in 1576

Quintana Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Domingo Quintana, who settled in New Orleans in 1779

Quintana Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Pedro De Quintana, who arrived in San Juan Island in 1812
  • Antonio Quintana, who arrived in New Orleans in 1829
  • Coretta Quintana, who arrived in New Orleans in 1829
  • Antonio Quintana, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Miguel Quintana, aged 42, landed in New Orleans, La in 1830


  • Brian Quintana (b. 1968), American Hollywood film producer
  • Leroy V. Quintana (b. 1944), American poet and educator
  • Carlos Morales Quintana (b. 1970), Spanish architect and yachtsman
  • Mauel José Quintana (1772-1857), Spanish poet
  • Andrés Quintana (1777-1812), Spanish missionary in California
  • Manuel Quintana (1835-1906), Argentine President (1904-1906)
  • Mario de Miranda Quintana (1906-1994), Brazilian writer
  • Ismael Quintana (b. 1937), Puerto Rican singer and composer of salsa music


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  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  3. 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.
  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Quintana Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quintana 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 22 October 2014 at 08:14.

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