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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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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.

First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.


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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.

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Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Real Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • 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


Real Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


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

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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  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  5. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. 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. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 11:15.

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