Rios History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Rios family

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

Early History of the Rios family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rios research. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1315 is included under the topic Early Rios History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rios Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Rios family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family were eighteenth century Spanish writer Vicente de los Ríos; nineteenth century Spanish naturalist Andrés Manuel del Río; nineteenth century Mexican chemist and physician Leopoldo Río de la...
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Rios Ranking

In the United States, the name Rios is the 392nd most popular surname with an estimated 72,123 people with that name. [1] However, in South America, the name Rios is ranked the 58th most popular surname with an estimated 72 people with that name. [2]


United States Rios migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rios Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Francisco de los Ríos, who sailed to America in 1512
  • Francisco DeLos Rios, who settled in America in 1512
  • Hernando de los Ríos, who sailed to America in 1517
  • Pedro de los Ríos, who sailed to America in 1526
  • Sebastián de los Ríos, who sailed to Peru in 1534
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rios Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ramon Rios, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [3]
  • Andres De Rios, who landed in America in 1812 [3]
  • Hernando DeLos Rios, who landed in America in 1817 [3]
  • Francisco DeLos Rios, who landed in America in 1826 [3]
  • Juan Rios, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Rios migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Rios Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Beatriz de Los Rios, who settled in Dominican Republic in 1579

Contemporary Notables of the name Rios (post 1700) +

  • 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 Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1996 [5]
  • Joe Rios Sr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Arizona, 2008 [5]
  • Freddy Rios, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 29th District, 1992 [5]
  • Evangeline Rios, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2000, 2004 [5]
  • Debra Hastings Rios, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004 [5]
  • Cesar G. Rios, American politician, Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, 1997-2000 [5]
  • Carlos M. Rios (1914-1980), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 10th District, 1963-65 [5]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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