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Noble surnames, such as Villarreal, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name Villarreal, 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.

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The surname Villarreal was first found in Castile, in north central Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Villarreal, de Villarreal, Villa Real, de Villa Real, Villareal and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Villarreal research. Another 356 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1231 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Villarreal History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Villarreal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juan de Villarreal sailed to America in 1513
  • Martín de Villarreal sailed to America in 1528
  • Lope de Villarreal sailed to New Spain in 1534
  • María Villarreal Gutiérrez sailed to Hispaniola in 1535

Villarreal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Luis De Villarreal, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Juan De Villarreal, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Teresa De Villarreal, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Martin De Villarreal, who landed in America in 1828
  • Lope De Villarreal, who landed in New Spain in 1834


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  • Michael U. "Mike" Villarreal (b. 1971), American politician, Member of the Texas House of Representatives (2003-)
  • Jose Villarreal (b. 1993), American soccer player who plays for Los Angeles Galaxy
  • Óscar Eduardo Villarreal (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Norma Villarreal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2000
  • Michael Villarreal, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives; Elected unopposed 2000; Elected 2002, 2004, 2006; Elected unopposed 2008, 2010; Elected 2012
  • Lillian Villarreal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Hector J. Villarreal, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 40th District, 1994
  • Fernando Villarreal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Drusilla Villarreal, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012
  • Anita M. Villarreal, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980

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  1. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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