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

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Ramirez family. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is ez. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Ramirez is derived from the popular Spanish personal name Ramírez, which is a pet form of the first name Ramón, which means wise ruler.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ramírez, Ramirez, Ranimírez, Ranimirez, Raimíriz, Raimiriz, Remíriz, Remiriz, Remírez, Remirez and many more.

First found in Asturias, cradle of the Christian Reconquest of Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramirez research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1035, 1620, 1624, 1692 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Ramirez History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Melchior Ramírez, who joined an expedition to Argentina and survived being shipwrecked off the coast of Brazil
  • Luis Ramírez, who voyaged to the Río de la Plata region of Argentina in 1528 and documented his travels in the form of a journal
  • Cristóbal Ramírez, who emigrated to Peru in 1560
  • Juan Ramírez, went to New Granada in 1561
  • Santiago Ramírez, went to New Spain in 1562

Ramirez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Ramirez, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Diego Ramirez, who arrived in America in 1816
  • A Ramirez, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1825
  • Gonzales Ramirez, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Lope Ramirez, who landed in Peru in 1834


  • Alvaro Alberto Espinoza Ramírez, American professional softball player
  • Michael Patrick Ramirez (b. 1961), Japanese-born, American two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist
  • Ricardo Ramirez (b. 1936), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Las Cruces
  • Efren Ramirez (b. 1973), American actor
  • Orlando Ramírez, American professional baseball player
  • Dr. Salvador M Ramírez, American orthopedic surgeon
  • Francisco Leiva Ramírez, Spanish dramatist of the Spanish Golden Age
  • Alejandro Falla Ramirez (b. 1983), Colombian professional male tennis player
  • María Teresa Ramírez (b. 1954), Mexican swimmer and Olympic medalist
  • Manuel Jacome Ramirez (b. 1914), architect in Colombia



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  1. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  6. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
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The Ramirez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ramirez 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 13 August 2015 at 22:31.

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