Real History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Real family. The Real surname is derived from the Latin "regis, " meaning "royal." The Spanish word "rey" means "king," while "reina" means "queen." Bearing this name does not necessarily imply royal ancestry however; as, when surnames first began to be used in Medieval Spain, nicknames were often taken on as surnames.

Early Origins of the Real family

The surname Real was first found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Early History of the Real family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Real research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1652, 1676 and 1892 are included under the topic Early Real History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Real Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Reyes, Rey, de Reyes, de los Reyes, del Rey, Reina, de la Reina, de Reina, Reinoso, de Reinoso, Reynoso, de Reynoso, Reinosa, de Reinosa, Reynosa, de Reynosa, Real, de Real and many more.

Early Notables of the Real family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were sixteenth century Spanish theologian and Bible translator Casiodoro Reina; sixteenth century Spanish poet Rodrigo de Reinosa; sixteenth century Spanish writer Francisco de la Reina; seventeenth century Spanish poet and playwright Andrés Rey de Artieda; Juan de los Reyes (c1652 - 1676), a Spanish priest and was...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Real Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Real migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Real Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Esteban Real, who sailed to America in 1511
  • Bartolomé de Real, who sailed to America in 1516
  • Bartolomé de Real, who sailed to Río de la Plata in 1535
Real Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Real, who arrived in North Carolina in 1763 [1]
Real Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Esteban Real, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Bartolome De Real, who arrived in America in 1816 [1]
  • Comte Real, who landed in New York in 1819 [1]
  • Peter Francis Real, who landed in New York in 1825 [1]
  • Catherine Real, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Real migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Real Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Real, aged 27, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Levant Star" from Cork, Ireland

New Zealand Real migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Real Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Honora Real, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Mary Real, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Real (post 1700) +

  • Manuel Lawrence Real (1924-2019), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, 1965-66; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California, 1966-90 [2]
  • Frank A. Real, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1936 [2]
  • Charles W. Real, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944 [2]
  • Afonso Corte Real (1805-1840), Brazilian military and revolutionary
  • Real Rousseau, Canadian industrialist and politician, born in Trois Pistoles, Quebec, who became the Mayor of Windmill Point in 1958
  • Real Voisine, Canadian founder of R&R Voisine & Assoc. of Quebec City

Bismarck
  • Josef Real (1915-1941), German Oberbootsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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