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The distinguished surname Rios is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The original bearer of the name Rios, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. 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. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Rios family originally lived near a river. The name was derived from the Spanish word "rio," which meant "river."

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The surname Rios was first found in Asturias, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ríos, Rios, de Ríos, de los Ríos, de Rios, de los Rios, Río, Rio, del Río, del Rio and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rios research. Another 514 words (37 lines of text) covering the year 1315 is included under the topic Early Rios History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rios Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco de los Ríos sailed to America in 1512
  • Francisco DeLos Rios, who settled in America in 1512
  • Hernando de los Ríos sailed to America in 1517
  • Pedro de los Ríos sailed to America in 1526
  • Sebastián de los Ríos sailed to Peru in 1534


Rios Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ramon Rios, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Andres De Rios, who landed in America in 1812
  • Hernando DeLos Rios, who landed in America in 1817
  • Francisco DeLos Rios, who landed in America in 1826
  • Juan Rios, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831


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  • Danny Rios (b. 1972), American Major League Baseball player in Nippon Professional Baseball
  • Alexis Israel "Alex" Rios (b. 1981), Puerto Rican-American baseball player
  • Alberto Rios (b. 1952), American poet and author
  • Joe D. Rios, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1996
  • Joe Rios Sr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Arizona, 2008
  • Freddy Rios, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 29th District, 1992
  • Evangeline Rios, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000, 2004
  • Debra Hastings Rios, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Cesar G. Rios, American politician, Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, 1997-2000
  • Carlos M. Rios (1914-1980), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 10th District, 1963-65

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  1. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  2. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Rios Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rios 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 29 March 2016 at 02:00.

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