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Where did the Spanish Rosales family come from? What is the Spanish Rosales family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rosales family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rosales family history?

Noble surnames, such as Rosales, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Rosales, 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 Rosales family originally lived in a place where wild roses grew. The surname is derived from the Latin word rosa, which means rose. The family name Rosales is also derived from the given name Rose.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Ros, de Ros, Rosas, de Rosas, Rosa, de la Rosa, Rosal, del Rosal, Rosales, de Rosales, Rosete, Rosano, Rosana, Roso and many more.

First found in Old Castile, in the mountains near Santander.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rosales research. Another 381 words(27 lines of text) covering the year 1352 is included under the topic Early Rosales History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rosales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Diego de Rosales sailed to America in 1514
  • Francisco de Rosales sailed to Río de la Plata in 1535

Rosales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Diego De Rosales, who landed in America in 1814
  • Francisco De Rosales, who arrived in Venezuela in 1834
  • Pedro Rosales, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Manuel Rosales, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860


  • Pilar Treviño Rosales, Marchioness of Loreto
  • Benito Rosales, former Nicaraguan head of state
  • Carmen Rosales (1918-1991), Filipino actress
  • Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales (b. 1932), current Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
  • Jaime Rosales, Honduran football player
  • Jennifer Rosales (b. 1978), Filipino LPGA golfer
  • Jericho Rosales (b. 1979), Filipino actor
  • RJ Rosales (b. 1974), Filipino-Australian singer and actor
  • Roberto Rosales (b. 1988), Venezuelan football player
  • Ruben Alonso Rosales (1925-2000), Salvadoran political figure



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The Rosales Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rosales 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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