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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.

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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. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  6. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. 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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