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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.

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

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Real research. Another 209 words (15 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.

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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...

Another 54 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.

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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 sailed to America in 1516
  • Bartolomé de Real 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

Real Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Esteban Real, who landed in America in 1811
  • Bartolome De Real, who arrived in America in 1816
  • Comte Real, who landed in New York in 1819
  • Peter Francis Real, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Catherine Real, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854
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Real Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

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

Real Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Honora Real, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Mary Real, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
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  • Manuel Lawrence Real (b. 1924), 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
  • Frank A. Real, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1936
  • Charles W. Real, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944
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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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    The Real Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Real 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.

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