Toro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Castillian surname Toro is of habitation origin, being derived from the name of the place where the original bearer lived or held land. Thus, in this instance, the surname Toro signifies "one from Toro." The place name Toro is derived from the word "toro," which has been present in the Castillian language since 1102, and is derived from the Latin word "taurus," meaning "bull."

Early Origins of the Toro family

The surname Toro was first found in the Castilian province of Zamora in Spain. The earliest references of the surname and its variants date back to the 16th century.

Early History of the Toro family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toro research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 173 and 1732 are included under the topic Early Toro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Toro Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Toro, Del Toro, De Toro, Torro and others.

Early Notables of the Toro family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Toro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Toro Ranking

In the United States, the name Toro is the 3,717th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]


United States Toro migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Toro Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Alonso De Toro who arrived with his family in the Spanish Main in 1561
  • Antonia Rodriguez Toro who arrived in Florida in 1563
  • Juan del Toro who settled in Peru in 1598
Toro Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ana Del Toro who arrived in New Orleans in 1778
Toro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Tomas De Toro, who arrived in America in 1811 [2]
  • Pedro De Toro, who landed in America in 1812 [2]
  • Diego De Toro, who landed in America in 1812 [2]
  • Hernando De Toro, who landed in America in 1812 [2]
  • Juan De Toro, who landed in America in 1813 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Toro 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. [3]
Toro Settlers in West Indies in the 16th Century
  • Fray Fernando Toro, who arrived in Dominican Republic in 1517

Contemporary Notables of the name Toro (post 1700) +

  • M. A. Toro, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Ponce, 1864 [4]
  • Antonio V. Toro, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1960 [4]
  • Arturo Ortiz Toro, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1956, 1960, 1964 [5]
  • Maria Luisa Del Toro, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004 [6]
  • Carlos Del Toro, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2008 [6]
  • Angelo Del Toro (1947-1994), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1975-94; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1984, 1988 [6]
  • Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (b. 1967), Puerto Rican and Spanish actor and film producer
  • Arthur de Jesús Correa Toro (1941-2021), Colombian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Ipiales (2000–2018)
  • Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964), Mexican director, producer, screenwriter, novelist and designer
  • Diego Mauricio Toro Arcila (b. 1982), Colombian footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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