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The surname Zamora comes from name of the city and province of Zamora, which is located on the Duero in northwest Spain. Because of its strategic position, the city was disputed during the Middle Ages, first between the Christians and Moors, then between the kingdoms of Leon and Castille.

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The surname Zamora was first found in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa, in north western Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Zamora, Zanora, Zamor, Samora, Zamaura, Zamore and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Zamora research. Another 507 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1623, 1770 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Zamora History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 157 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Zamora Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco and Christobal de Zamora, who sailed to Spanish America in 1511
  • Felipo de Zamora, who sailed to Spanish America in 1512
  • Diego de Zamora, who immigrated to Peru with his family in 1534
  • Fancisco de Zamora, who settled in Venezuela in 1534
  • Alonso Zamora and his family who arrived in the Dominican Republic in 1555

Zamora Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francisco De Zamora, who landed in America in 1811
  • Felipo De Zamora, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Miguel De Zamora, who landed in Espanola in 1812
  • Pedro De Zamora, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Leonor De Zamora, who arrived in America in 1814


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  • Pedro Pablo Zamora (1972-1994), Cuban-American AIDS activist
  • Ruben Zamora, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 14th District, 2004
  • Humberto Zamora, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 38th District, 2002; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • Gabriel Zamora, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 43rd District, 2012
  • Estella O. Zamora, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 2008
  • Eddie Zamora, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 15th District, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • David R. Zamora, American politician, Mayor of Colton, California; Elected 2010
  • Carolina Zamora, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Niceto Alcala Zamora y Torres (1877-1949), Spanish statesman and President of Spain (1931-1936). He led the successful revolution of 1931, and became President later that same year, however he was diposed in 1936 and went into exile to Argentina
  • Iván Luis Zamorano Zamora (b. 1967), retired Chilean football striker, member of the Chilean national team at the 1998 World Cup

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  1. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Zamora Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Zamora 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.

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