This is the QUintero Coat of Arms we purchased. If you are interested in reading it.
Spain has collected and preserved documents recording daily life from a period much earlier than other European nations. THese records reveal that the Quintero surname originated in Castile, the medieval kingdon of the northern peninsula whose language and customs eventually spread to many countries of the world.
As languages change over time, so do surnames. Some letters become interchangeable as a result of their similar sound, such athat in Spanish. Vaca can be spelled Baca. In some cases a surnamechanges as a result of the way seribes record it. THis, variations of the Quintero surname: Quintana, Quintanella, Quintanilla, Quintaniella, Quintano, Quinto, Quintero, Quinteros, do share the same heritage.
THe early origins and history of the Spanish people give perspective to the history of the Quintero Family. Two of the early cultures which shpaed the peninsula were that of the Iberians and the Celts. Both groups migrated to Spain before 1000 B.C. Later, Greeks and Carthaginians colonized the coasts, howecer, they were replaced by the Romans after the Punic Wars.
One of the lasting contributions of Roman society was the introduction of Christianity into Spain. IN the 4th century Spanish bishops began to play an important role in the developement of the church. This tradition continued through people such as St. Isidore of Seville, who distinguished himself through his participation in the councils which shaped the church in Spain.
At the close of the Roman perios the Visigoths migrated to Spain, where they came to be rulers of the peninsula. The Visigoths were eventually replaced by Arab rulers after the invasion of Spain in 711. Legends describe the beginning of the Arab invasion as a matter of betrayal and intrigue. It is said that Count Julian of Ceuta, enraged at the seduction of his daughter by King Rodrigo, helped the Arabs get to Spain. Julian's revenge was in the form of ships sent to North Africa in order to bring Arab warriors to his aid in the fight against Rodrigo. In the end the Arabs did not stop at over throwing the King, however, they went on to take over the whole peninsula.
Over the centuries Christian states developed in the northern Sapin and slowly began to take over territories to the south. In the 13th century all that was left of the Muslim empire in Spain or in AAndalus as they called it, was the kingdom of Granada. In 1492 Spanish reconquest of the peninsula was completed when the Arabs lost Granada to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
Religion served as a rallying point for military and political efforts which were a part of recovering Arab occupied territories. The supposed tomb of St. James, or Santiago, was discovered in the 9th century at Compostela, and rapidly became a centre of economic, political and military inportance. It was believed that St. James preached in Spain and that after his death in Jerusulem his body was brought back to the peninsula for burial. St. James became the patron saint of the reconquest.
The reconquest itself produced legendary figures such as Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, or El Cid. El Cid is known as the greatest warrior of the reconquest. Born to a noble family in about 1040, the Cid went on to become the ruler of Valencia.
During this period the Quintero family was found in Old Castile, where the family was prominent from very early times. One of the earliest records of the name dates from the twelfth century in a document from 1175 recording a transaction between the convents of San Pedro de Arlanza and Santo Domingo de Silos near Burgus, there appear the names of two witnesses with variations of this surname. Pedro de Quintanella and Pedro de Quintana Amaya. From Castile the family branched to other regions of the Christian north, incuding Leon and Aragon. During the thirteenth to fifthteenth centuries, armies from the Christian north continues their Reconquest of the peninsula from the Muslims, and as these regions were recatured, families from the north moved south to repopulate the newly reconquered territories. In this way the family became established in southern Spain, in the region of Andalucia. Notable members of the family were Gonzalo de Quintana Ortuno, a thirtheenth century nobleman from Burgos: Sancho de Quintaniella, a thirteenth century nobleman from
Aguilar de la Frontera: Jeronimo de Quintana, seventeenth century Spanish writer: nineteenth century Spanish poet playwright and patriot Manuel Jose Quintana: nienteenth century Mexican lawyer and politician Andres Quintana Roo.
Once the peninsula was taken back from the Moors the Spanish monarches were free to begin building their own empire. The new source of wealth found in the Americas drew adventurers such as Cprtez, Valazquez and Pizarro. Soon colonies sprang up in the New World which drew while families to the Americas rather than adventures collecting wealth which was taken back to Spain. Early migrants bearing this surname include Andres de Quintana, who sailed to Venezuela in 1534, Juan de Quintana sailed to Peru in 1576: Pedro de Quintana sailed to San Juan Island in 1512. Bartolome Quintano sailed to America in 1512. Later migrants were Domingo Quintana Buso, who sailed to Puerto Rico in 1831: Manuel Quintana, to New Orleans in 1849: and Jose Quintana Menendez, to Puerto Rico in 1860. Throughout the ages the Quintero family has contributed to the society in which they lived. More recent notables include Manuel Quintana, president of Argentina in 1904; Carlos Quintanilla, American journalist; Carlos Narcis Quintana, professional baseball player; Henry Quintana Jr., American Communications executive; Bolivian lawyer and politician Jose S. Quinteros: Spanish artist Socrates Quintana Montoto; Leroy V. Quintana, American educatoe;Sammy joseph Quintana; prominent American attorney; Guadalupe Quintanilla, American educator and administrator.
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