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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.


The surname Torrez was first found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family Juan de Torres, a fifteenth century knight; Alfonso de la Torre and Fernando de la Torre, fifteenth century Spanish poets; sixteenth century adventurer Diego de Torres; Francisco de la Torre, sixteenth century Spanish poet; Bartolomé de Torres Naharro, sixteenth century Spanish dramatist; Fernando...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Torrez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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

  • 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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    Other References

    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. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    10. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
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    The Torrez Family Crest was acquired from the 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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