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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.


The surname Rosales was first found in Old Castile, in the mountains near Santander.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family were seventeenth century Chilean historian Diego de Rosales, a Jesuit priest who defended the rights of the Indians; seventeenth century Spanish playwright Pedro Rosete; nineteenth century Argentinian military officer Leonardo Rosales; nineteenth century Spanish painter Eduardo...

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rosales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rosales Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • 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

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

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    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    4. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    5. 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).
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Rosales Family Crest was acquired from the 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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