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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: Italian, Spanish


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.

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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.


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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.

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

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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


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  • Rose M. Quintana, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2000, 2004
  • Pye Quintana, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1972
  • Jorge A. Quintana, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 2008
  • Ceferino Quintana, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1940
  • 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
  • Andrés Quintana (1777-1812), Spanish missionary in California
  • Mauel José Quintana (1772-1857), Spanish poet
  • Ismael Quintana (1937-2016), Puerto Rican singer and composer of salsa music

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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. 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. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  10. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. 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 18 April 2016 at 09:31.

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