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

Noble surnames, such as Torrez, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Torrez, 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 Torrez family originally lived in the place named Torres. There are many towns and villages in Spain that are named Torres, but the most famous are in the provinces of Andalucia, Oviedo in the Principality of Asturias, Burgos in Castilla-Leon, Lerida in Catalonia, Zaragoza in Aragon, and Navarra. The place-name is of Latin origin and it emerged during the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Torres, Torre, de Torres, de las Torres, de la Torre, de Torre, Turre, de Turre and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Torrez research. Another 378 words (27 lines of text) covering the year 1630 is included under the topic Early Torrez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Torrez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Torrez Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J Torrez, aged 23, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1855

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  • Michael Augustine Torrez (b. 1946), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1967 to 1984
  • Mario Torrez, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 59th District, 1980
  • Lorenzo Torrez, American politician, Representative from Arizona 2nd District, 1986
  • Dalia Tórrez Zamora (b. 1990), Nicaraguan swimmer who competed in the Women's 100 metre butterfly at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Karen Milenka Torrez Guzman (b. 1992), Bolivian swimmer who competes in the Women's 100m Freestyle, flag bearer for the nation at the 2012 Summer Olympics


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  1. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
  2. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Torrez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Torrez 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.

This page was last modified on 8 January 2016 at 07:57.

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