Vargas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original bearer of the name Vargas, 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. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The name Vargas is a topographical name that was originally derived from the Spanish word varga, which is a dialectical word used in the northern part of the Iberian Peninsula for hut, slope or a fenced pasture land which becomes waterlogged in winter.

Early Origins of the Vargas family

The surname Vargas was first found in Cantabria, in north-central Spain.

Early History of the Vargas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vargas research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1656, 1643, 1704, 1691, 1697, 1697 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Vargas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vargas Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vargas, Varga and others.

Early Notables of the Vargas family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Garci de Vargas, legendary 13th century knight of the Reconquest, who accompanied King Ferdinand III during the taking of Seville; Francisco Vargas, advisor to Queen Isabella; Luis de Vargas, 16th century Spanish painter; Urban de Vargas (1606-1656), a Spanish baroque composer; Francisco Vargas Mejía, law professor and royal advisor to Charles...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vargas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vargas World Ranking

In the United States, the name Vargas is the 260th most popular surname with an estimated 101,967 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Vargas is ranked the 6,289th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2] And in South America, the name Vargas is the 92nd popular surname with an estimated 51 people with that name. [3]


United States Vargas migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vargas Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Fabián Vargas, who immigrated to Peru in 1560
  • María Vargas, to Hispaniola in 1562
  • Juan Vargas, to Peru in 1563
  • Francisco Vargas, to Hispaniola in 1563
  • Catalina Vargas, to Peru in 1565
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Vargas Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Diego Vargas Zapata, Governor and Captain-General of New Mexico during the latter part of the seventeenth century
Vargas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hernando De Vargas, who landed in America in 1811 [4]
  • Llorente De Vargas, who arrived in America in 1812 [4]
  • Agustin De Vargas, who arrived in America in 1812 [4]
  • Cristobal De Vargas, who landed in America in 1812 [4]
  • Martin De Vargas, who landed in America in 1814 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Vargas 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. [5]
Vargas Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Diego De Vargas, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1834 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vargas (post 1700) +

  • Joaquin Alberto Vargas y Chávez (1896-1982), Peruvian painter of pin-up girls; originals of his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars; his works inspired the nose art of many American and Allied World War II aircraft, known for his pin-ups for Esquire magazine "Varga Girls"
  • Juan C. Vargas (b. 1961), former member of the California State Assembly
  • Elizabeth Vargas (b. 1962), American television journalist
  • Oscar F. Vargas, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Arizona State Senate 18th District 1998 [6]
  • Juan Vargas, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004 [6]
  • Heriberto Vargas, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988, 1996, 2000 (alternate) [6]
  • Grace Vargas, American politician, Mayor of Rialto, California; Elected 2008 [6]
  • Francisca D. Vargas, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 [6]
  • Carol Vargas, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Delaware, 1996 [6]
  • Bolgen Vargas, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000 [6]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_South_America
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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