Salamanca History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The mountainous borders of Spain contain the origins of the prestigious surname Salamanca. The original bearer of the name Salamanca, 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 name Salamanca is a corruption of the surname Salillas, which is derived from the Germanic word "sal," which means "building" and the diminutive ending "illas." The first bearer of this surname inhabited a large building or fortress, which was the most prominent construction of the town.

Early Origins of the Salamanca family

The surname Salamanca was first found in Asturias, birthplace of the Reconquest.

Early History of the Salamanca family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Salamanca research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1513, 1590, 1649, 1720, 1704 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Salamanca History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Salamanca Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Salinas, Salina, Sala, Salas and others.

Early Notables of the Salamanca family (pre 1700)

Notable bearers of the family name Salamanca were Francisco de Salinas (1513-1590), a Spanish music theorist and organist; seventeenth century poet Juan de Salinas; Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo, seventeenth century Spanish playwright and novelist; Don Diego Esteban Gómez de Salinas y Rodríguez de Villarroel (1649-1720), the last Spanish Governor of Gibraltar; he held the post when The Rock...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Salamanca Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Salamanca migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Salamanca Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anton De Salamanca, who landed in America in 1810 [1]
  • Juan De Salamanca, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • Diego De Salamanca, who arrived in America in 1812 [1]
  • Miguel De Salamanca, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Luis De Salamanca, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)


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